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Weirdest, wildest EC playoffs ever?


To summarize:

  • Martin Brodeur and Ryan Miller, the two Vezina finalists from this conference, lead their respective 2nd and 3rd ranked teams into the playoffs.  They combine for a record of 3-8 and are eliminated in very short order.
  • As we painfully know: Montreal, a team with more losses than wins in the regular season and more goals allowed than goals for, go ahead and take down Washington, the team that won the East by 18 points.  To follow that up the Habs settle for eliminating no less than the two time defending EC champs.
  • Montreal had lost three straight games to Washington (the last two by the combined score of 11-4) and appeared to be out before rallying to three straight wins, holding the league's most potent offense to a goal a game.  Against Pittsburgh they were down 2-1 in a Game 6 that could have meant elimination before digging deep and rallying back.
  • Boston blows not only a 3 games to 0 lead against Philly, but also a 3-0 lead in Game 7 in one of the most stunning series finishes ever.
  • The last two teams standing are the lowest two seeds: #7 Philly -- a team that would not have made the playoffs had they not won a shootout over the New York Rangers in the final regular season game and #8 Montreal -- the slayer of dreams.  One of these two teams, unbelievable as it would have sounded a couple days/weeks/months ago will play for the Stanley Cup.

The 2010 Eastern Conference playoffs has to be the most unusual and unpredictable bracket in all of modern sports history.