Well, with one round in the books, the 2010 Playoffs are shaping up to be one of the best postseasons since the lockout. Sidney Crosby and the Pens got a scare from the pesky Sens, Ovie and the boys in Washington were stunned by those damn Habs, the Big Red Machine from Detroit unceremoniously ended the Cinderella story in Phoenix, need I go on? Every series was wildly competitive, there were no sweeps, and the only team that didn’t win at least two games was the New Jersey Devils, who must have lost all confidence after they read that the hockey genius behind this blog had picked them to lose. There was no shortage of great goals, saves and hits, so I’ve taken a few minutes to put together my favorites of each from the first round. Enjoy!
Datsyuk’s Dangle in the Desert:
I’ve come to the conclusion that Nicklas Lidstrom actually isn’t a human. The man turned 40 this week, and he’s still one of the top defensemen in the world. Not always known for his scoring prowess, this snipe at the end of Game 7 in Phoenix may have been meaningless, but it was still a thing of beauty:
Sidney Crosby currently leads all playoff scorers with 14 points. This assist might be my favorite play of the playoffs so far, but the fact that Jason Spezza probably needed counseling after this public shaming probably has something to do with that:
Ahh, the Capitals. As a Canadian hockey fan, I can’t say I was totally disappointed to see Ovechkin and co. fail so dramatically after terrorizing the league all season, but did it really have to mean that the Habs still get to play? Nicklas Backstrom was the only Capital that started this series off on the right foot, and I thought this shot to win Game 2 was going to be the turning point of the series:
If there was one game I wish I could have been at so far, Chicago’s overtime win in Game 5 is easily my top pick. Forget that Hossa scored the OT winner seconds after coming out of the box, Pat Kane’s shorthanded goal with less than 15 seconds to play was a ridiculously clutch play, and remember that this kid wasn’t even legally allowed to drink until November of this season.