NHL 2010 PLayoffs – Round 1 Roundup

Prediction Results: I thought the East was close after the Penguins, and I guess I was right because I only guessed correctly one of the series results. Lucky for me, I went a perfect four for four in the West and successfully predicted the Redwings upsetting the Coyotes and finished with a 5/8 record.

Here are the rest of my thoughts from round one;

Old Faithful – The Detroit Redwings showed once again how they are so dominant in the playoffs and why they should never be counted out. The young ‘Yotes played hard, but the veteran leadership and experience shone through for the Redwings who put an exclamation mark on the series with a 6-1 win in Game Seven.

Ovey Meet Halak –Never one to keep his thoughts to himself, Alexander Ovechkin stirred the pot with goalie Jaroslav Halak, stating that he thought the goalie looked ‘shaky.’ Alex, he was so shaky, he stole the series after the Habs went down three games to one and made 231 saves.

Unproven Goalies steal the show – Brian Boucher outdueled Marty Brodeur, Jaroslav Halak stood on his head and even Craig Anderson stole a games. The first round sported a number of goalies who emerged this season as solid goalies and showed that they were no fluke.


MVP – Jaroslav Halak. The man was on fire in net and helped the last place Habs knock off the Capitals in one of the biggest comebacks and playoff results in recent memory.

The No Show – This goes to three players this week: Danny Heatley, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau combined for 1 goal. In the regular season they had a combined total of 103 goals and 254 points.

Most Goals –Mikael Samuelsson (VAN) had seven goals.

Most Assists –  Sidney Crosby (PIT) had nine assists.

Most Points – Sidney Crosby (PIT) has fourteen points.

Henry Whitfield is an avid sports fan who covers everything and anything in the sports world, while focusing on hockey and football. Follow him on twitter @HenryWhitfield.


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