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Final Playoff Recap

by chewy 10. June 2010 08:41
 

4 Stars

#1 - Patrick Kane (F - CHI) - Kane scored the biggest goal in the last 50 years for the Blackhawks, as he snuck in the game winner in overtime.  He also added 2 assists, giving him 10 goals and 28 points in 22 post-season games.

 

#2 - Scott Hartnell (F - PHI) -  Hartnell refused to let the Flyers die.  He answered twice in key situations with goal-mouth tallies, including an impressive standoff against Duncan Keith.

 

#3 - Danny Briere (F - PHI) - Briere scored once and added two assists to finish the playoffs as the top point scorer with 30.  He also finished second in goals with 12, just 1 behind Michael Cammalleri.

#4 - Dustin Byfuglien (F - CHI) - Byfuglien kicked off the scoring in the game with an impressive rebound goal in tight.  He finished the playoffs with 11 goals.

 

 

Player Notes:

  • Jonathan Toews was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner, finishing the playoffs with 29 points in 22 games.
  • Antti Niemi wasn't spectacular, but was good enough, stopping 21 of 24 shots for the win.  He should enter next season as the #1 guy in Chicago; however, the situation is very unstable with Huet's contract and other prospects working their way up.
  • Michael Leighton seemed to lose his magic in the final series, allowing a couple of questionable goals in the final game, including the game winner in O.T.  Despite the Round 4 meltdown, he still finished the playoffs with an impressive 2.46 GAA and .916 save percentage.  It will be interesting to see which direction the Flyers go in net this summer, as always.
  • Winning a Stanley Cup will wash over a lot of poor play, but it was shocking to see how little Marian Hossa contributed to the Hawks run offensively.  Similarly, at least in the final few games, the likely Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith, stood out on several key mistakes leading to Flyers goals.  He seemed unwilling to put himself in front of shots after loosing his teeth.

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