Stanley Cup is one round away
June 2, 2010
The NHL playoffs are coming to an end with the conference finals which will start on Sunday, May 16.  The Montreal Canadiens are playing the Philadelphia Flyers for the Eastern Conference Finals.  The San Jose Sharks are facing off against the Chicago Black Hawks.  Both of the series will be shown on VS. or VS/HD and CBC at seven a clock on weekdays.

The teams that were in the Stanley Cup finals in the past have been knocked out in the second round.  The Detroit Red Wings were knocked out by the San Jose Sharks while the Pittsburgh Penguins have been knocked off by the Montreal Canadiens.

The Penguins' run, their last in Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh (as they move on to their new arena Consol Energy Center to begin the 2010 season), ended with a seven game series with the Canadiens.  The Canadiens' goalie Jaroslav Halak had 37 saves in the win.  Brian Gionta had two goals and Scott Gomez had two assists.  The Pittsburgh Penguins goalie, Marc Andre Fleury, gave up four goals out of fourteen shots before he was replaced by back-up Brent Johnson in the second period.  Chris Kunitz and Jordan Staal had the goals for the Penguins in the loss.  The final stats for the Penguin stars in the playoffs were Sidney Crosby with six goals, thirteen assists, and nineteen points.  Evgeni Malkin had five goals, six assists, and eleven points.

The Canadiens are looking forward to play in the Eastern Conference finals while knocking out the best team in hockey (Washington Capitals) in the first round and beating the defending Stanley Cup champs (Pittsburgh Penguins).  “Alex Ovechkin should have gone all the way,” Tommy F, 8th, who was disappointed how the Capital's season ended.  The Canadiens came into the playoffs with the lowest seed in the Eastern Conference.  They will continue to run for the Cup this year.  Montreal won the series four to three.

The Detroit Red Wings' season came to end with a loss to the San Jose Sharks.  The Wings' only win in the series was a seven to one blowout.  Johan Franzen had an excellent game with four goals.  Todd Bertuzzi had a goal and four assists.  Goalie Jimmy Howard had 28 saves and allowed one goal.  The final stats for some Red Wing stars were Pavel Datsyuk with six goals, seven assists, and thirteen points.  Henrik Zetterberg had seven goals, eight assists, and fifteen points.  

The Red Wings will be looking forward to coming out ready for the next season.  “The Red Wings might lose Nick Lidstrom which brings down their leadership,” said Tristin R, 8th,”but they're good each year so I hope they have a better season.”  San Jose won the series four to one.