The Best Series of the 2009 Stanely Cup Playoffs
For a team that did not make the playoffs, I would have to say that the Phoenix Coyotes are receiving more media coverage than the playoffs themselves.
In what has been a playoffs full of great games, series, and individual performances, the Coyotes are stealing the show.
Here are three series that deserved more media coverage than they were able to get.
Detroit Red Wings vs. Anaheim Ducks
The Red Wings narrowly won this series of hard-hitting hockey. It took the full seven games to decide this battle of titans.
The Ducks looked like they did two years ago when they won the Stanley Cup. But once again in these playoffs, Chris Osgood provided Detroit with the necessary goaltending to pull out a victory in Game Seven. Dan Cleary scored the tiebreaking goal with only three minutes remaining in the third period of Game Seven.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals
This series more than lived up to its billing. It was a battle of two of the best players in the world. Five of the seven games in this series were decided by one goal, and three of those games went to overtime.
This is a classic series that will be remembered fondly in the years to come as the first Ovechkin-Crosby battle. After a crushing overtime loss in Game Six, the Penguins handily won Game Seven on home ice by a score of 6-2.
It was an unfortunate end to an amazing series of hockey. But otherwise, this series was everything the new NHL should be.
Dertroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
The five games of this series have been intensely battled, and I expect no less from Game Six in Pittsburgh. So far the home team has won each of the games in this series and I expect that trend to continue in game six.
Watch for Maxime Talbot to be a marked man by Detroit for his old time hockey slash on Pavel Datsyuk's ankle in his first game of the final.
The first goal in Game Six will be the key to the series. Look for Crosby to come out flying in Game Six, and he is my pick to score first for the Penguins.