NOTE** - Until last night, this game was obviously not on my list but was definitely on my radar!
The Habs win the series in seven games.
After a 2009 season of ups and downs that saw their coach—Guy Carbonneau—fired and 11 free agents left walking, the Habs were rebuilt over the summer in what seemed like a patchwork manner. What followed was a schizophrenic season that saw stretches of elite level play followed by equally long stretches of disorganized chaos.
As such, the Canadiens backed into the playoff by losing their final game of the season in overtime.
The offensive juggernaut known as The Washington Capitals, on the other hand, were supposed to win the cup this year, lead by the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Semin and Mike Green.
After falling behind three games to one, the Canadiens, lead by the stupendous goaltending of Jaroslav Halak, stormed back to win three straight games and the series, stunning the Capitals. Halak, the runaway series MVP for the Habs, stopped a dizzying 131 or 134 shots over the last three games to seal the deal.
The comeback marked the first time a No.8 seed has overcome a 3-1 series deficit against a No. 1 seed since the NHL switched to the current playoff format in 1994 and for that the Habs take the top spot in our countdown.