According to a Stanley Cup simulation run on EA’s NHL 10 game, the Chicago Blackhawks will win this year’s Stanley Cup, defeating the defending Pittsburgh Penguins to bring an end to their 49 year drought.
Now, because hockey is something completely foreign to me, I’ll just present you with an image of the winners as well as a full recap of the finals, based on the AI and real stat systems in NHL 10.
Chicago all-star forward Jonathan Toews scored the series-clinching goal seven minutes into overtime of the seventh game, and Cristobal Huet stopped 43 of 44 shots to knock-off the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins. Conn Smythe Trophy winner Duncan Keith was a force on the blue line both offensively and defensively, potting four goals and netting a +5 rating in the match up against the Penguins. He finished with 25 points in the playoffs, including 17 assists. Patrick Kane led the Hawks in playoff scoring with 27 points while Pittsburgh centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin tied for the lead in playoff scoring with 31 points apiece.
2010 Stanley Cup Finals
Game 1 – Chicago 3 Pittsburgh 2 OT
Game 2 – Pittsburgh 2 Chicago 1
Game 3 – Chicago 4 Pittsburgh 1
Game 4 – Pittsburgh 5 Chicago 2
Game 5 – Chicago 5 Pittsburgh 1
Game 6 – Pittsburgh 4 Chicago 3 OT
Game 7 – Chicago 2 Pittsburgh 1 OT
Notable 2010 Playoff Highlights
- The Vancouver Canucks will reach the conference finals for the first time since their improbable Cup run in 1993-1994 NHL playoffs, but are eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks for the second consecutive post-season.
- The Phoenix Coyotes make the playoffs for the first time since the 2002 season, but are eliminated in their first round match-up against the Detroit Red Wings.
- The 2009 Stanley Cup Finalist, Detroit Red Wings are handed an early exit by the Vancouver Canucks in the conference semi-finals.
- Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin face off in the Eastern Conference Final. Crosby’s Penguins walk away with the victory in this high scoring seven game series.
2010 NHL Playoff Point Leaders
PLAYOFF POINT LEADERS PTS G A Sidney Crosby 31 16 15 Evgeni Malkin 31 11 20 Alexander Ovechkin 28 15 13 Patrick Kane 27 12 15 Jonathan Toews 25 15 10 Duncan Keith 25 8 17 Sergei Gonchar 18 2 16 Patrick Sharp 17 11 6