2010 NHL Playoffs: All-Star Team from the First Two Rounds
We have seen some great performances to this point in the 2010 Stanley Cup tournament. From hits, to goals, to displays of sheer will and determination.
Some players have stood out from their peers, whether it be one the score sheet or in their solid play.
The fact is there have been so many great performers in this year's Stanley Cup tournament that is we very hard to make just one All-Star team.
So without further needless banter, here are the first and second team all-stars from the teams still remaining in the playoffs.
First Team Left Wing - Michael Cammalleri
The 5'9" 182lb 27-year-old Canadian winger has scored eight goals and five assists with a minus-three rating for Montreal.
Three of his goals were scored on the power play and two were game winners. He also has seven hits, five blocked shots and three takeaways.
He has played an average of 16 minutes and 12 seconds at even strength and three minutes and 29 seconds on the power play.
He has been a clutch scorer for the Canadiens in these playoffs and a big reason why they were able to take down the heavily-favored Washington Captials.
An impressive stat is that six of his eight goals have come when his team has been tied or trailing.
First Team Center - Joe Pavelski
The 5'11" 190lb 25-year-old San Jose center has scored nine goals and six assists with a plus eight rating.
Five of his goals were scored on the power play and three were game winners. He also has 18 hits, eight blocked shots and three takeaways.
He has played an average of 15 minutes and 50 seconds at even strength, four minutes and 41 seconds on the power play, and one minute and nine seconds shorthanded.
He is part of the changing of the guard in San Jose. Little Joe is taking over Jumbo Joe's (Thornton) leadership role on the club and it is showing in the postseason results.
Pavelski has been the Red Wings worst nightmare, scoring four goals and three assists in the first three games of the series.
He has also won 55 percent of his faceoffs at home, and 50.82 percent of his faceoffs on the road.
An even more impressive stat is that out of his nine goals thus far this postseason, seven have come with his team trailing or tied on the scoreboard. With three game winners in these playoffs he is the definition of clutch play.
He is taking the Sharks on his back and proving that he is an elite playoff performer capable of willing his team to victories.
First Team Right Wing - Mikael Samuelsson
The 6'2" 218lb 33-year-old from Sweden plays for the Vancouver Canucks. He has scored eight goals and four assists with a plus eight rating.
Three of his goals were scored on the power play and one was a game winner. He also has 15 hits and one blocked shot.
He has played an average of 14 minutes and 51 seconds at even strength, and three minutes and 19 seconds on the power play.
Samuelsson has been a leader for this team providing much needed playoff experience to a group capable of challenging for the Stanley Cup.
Four of his eight goals this postseason have come when his team was tied or trailing in the score.
He also also been a very consistent player scoring six of his 12 points on the road and the other six while at home. He will continue to be a large part of the Canucks' Stanley Cup hopes this postseason.
At the age of 33, he has stepped out of a supporting role in the Detroit organization to become a front-line player for the Canucks.
First Team Defenseman - Chris Pronger
The 6'6" 220lb 35-year-old Canadian has scored three goals and five assists with an even rating for the Philadelphia Flyers.
All three of his goals were scored on the power play. He also has 12 hits, 26 blocked shots and three takeaways.
He has played an average of 18 minutes and 25 seconds at even strength, four minutes and 59 seconds on the power play, and five minutes and 35 seconds shorthanded.
Pronger's goals have exhibited his clutch play with all three coming on the power play when his team was either trailing or tied on the scoreboard.
Once again he has proved to be a workhorse defender this season. He can still provide a solid 30 minutes per game, while also being a great leader in the locker room.
First Team Defenseman - Brent Seabrook
The 6'3" 218lb 25-year-old Canadian has scored one goal and six assists with a plus-three rating for the Blackhawks. He also has 35 hits,13 blocked shots, and one takeaway.
He has played an average of 16 minutes and 59 seconds at even strength, two minutes and 23 seconds on the power play, and three minutes and seven seconds shorthanded.
He is a mean defender of the same ilk as Chris Pronger. This is evidenced by his 13 hits through the first two games of Chicago's second round series with the Canucks.
Between his solid appearance with the Gold-Medal winning Canada squad at the Winter Olympics and his solid playoff performance this season, it has been a coming-out party for the young blue liner.
Look for him to patrol the Blackhawks' blue line for many years to come striking fear into the opposition forwards.
First Team Goaltender - Jaroslav Halak
The 5'11" 179-lb 24-year-old Slovakian has won five games, lost four, allowed 21 goals on 314 shots, for a 0.933 save percentage, and 2.49 goals against average for Montreal.
He has helped lead an unlikely Montreal Canadiens team to an upset of the best team in the league this season, the Washington Capitals.
He was absolutely unbeatable in games six and seven of the opening round.
His numbers have slipped thus far in the second round against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Penguins.
Through the first three games of the series he has a 0.916 save percentage and 2.55 goals against average.
For the Canadiens to win this series he will have to be spectacular in goal and steal games like he did against the Capitals. If he is unable to do this, then this series will be over in six games.
Second Team Left Wing - Henrik Zetterberg
The 5'11" 195lb 29-year-old Swede has scored seven goals and six assists with a plus-seven rating for the Red Wings
Two of his goals were scored on the power play and two were game winners. He also has 16 hits, three blocked shots and six takeaways.
Once again Zetterberg has been a key member of the Red Wings franchise. He has played an average of 15 minutes and 20 seconds at even strength, three minutes and 30 seconds on the power play, and one minute and 22 seconds shorthanded.
He is Mr. Everything for the Wings, but the team will need him even more now as they trail three games to none in their second-round series against the San Jose Sharks.
What is the reason for Detroit's pending exit from the playoffs? It seems as though the Red Wings do not have as much depth as they have had in years past.
Also, many of their players have played a great deal of hockey in the past four years. Zetterberg alone has played 73 playoff games in the past four years.
Are the Red Wings finally going to experience some lean years after two decades near the top of the league?
I believe their younger players will improve next season and you will see them remain part of the playoff picture.
They may not be the juggernaut of years past, but they are still a dangerous team when they are on their game.
Second Team Center - Sidney Crosby
The 5'11" 200lb 22-year-old Canadian has scored five goals and 11 assists with a plus-seven rating for Pittsburgh.
One of his goals was scored on the power play and one was a game winner. He also has 15 hits, three blocked shots and 10 takeaways.
He has played an average of 17 minutes and 23 seconds at even strength, five minutes and 22 seconds on the power play, and 20 seconds shorthanded.
Montreal has done a great job of keeping Crosby silent on the score sheet and frustrated on the ice. Through the first three games of this series he has only two assists.
The smashing of his stick on Halak's goal post in game two and a needless cross check after the whistle in game three are evidence of his frustration.
He will need to find a way to work though his emotions if his team is to win this series.
Although his emotion do not seem to have affected his solid face off play. He has won 57.63 percent of his face offs at home, and 57.33 percent of his face offs on the road.
Crosby has shown in the past that he can become frustrated and his offensive game falls off somewhat. He will need to refocus and return to his professional type play to become a great factor in this series.
Second Team Right Wing - Miroslav Satan
The 6'3" 191lb 35-year-old Slovakian has scored five goals and five assists with a plus-five rating for the Bruins.
Two of his goals were scored on the power play and three were game winners. He also has three hits, three blocked shots and six takeaways.
He has played an average of 16 minutes and nine seconds at even strength, and two minutes and 38 seconds on the power play.
He has scored three game-winning goals for the Bruins in these playoffs. But has been much more effective at home in the TD Bank Garden in Boston, scoring four of his five goals in that building.
After winning the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season in a limited role Satan signed with Boston.
After a less than stellar season on the score sheet he has emerged in the playoffs as a clutch scorer and provided some much needed offense for the club.
Second Team Defenseman - Nicklas Lidstrom
The 6'1" 190lb 40-year-old Swede has scored four goals and four assists with a plus-three rating for Detroit.
All three of his goals were scored on the power play. He also has 10 hits, 10 blocked shots, and two takeaways.
He has played an average of 17 minutes and 23 seconds at even strength, four minutes and 12 seconds on the power play, and five minutes and nine seconds shorthanded.
Always a clutch player, two of Lidstrom's four goals have come with his team tied on the scoreboard. Of some concern are the differences in his road and home statistics.
On home ice in this year's playoffs he has two assists and a minus-two rating. On the road he has four goals, two assists and a plus-five rating.
Although this season was somewhat disappointing by his standards, this was only the fourth season in the past 18 that he has scored 50 or less points (he posted 49 points in this regular season). By most players' standards, that is a great season.
He still has never been a minus player during the regular season. He is surely a future Hall of Famer.
But even his best may not be enough to lift the Red Wings into the conference finals after the three games to none hole they have dug themselves. Also, one has to ask, how much gas does the Wings captain have left in the tank?
Second Team Defenseman - Dan Boyle
The 5'11" 190lb 33-year-old Canadian has scored two goals and seven assists with a plus-four rating for the Sharks.
One of his goals was scored on the power play. He also has nine hits, 16 blocked shots and seven takeaways.
He has played an average of 19 minutes and 36 seconds at even strength, five minutes and 53 seconds on the power play, and one minute and 53 seconds shorthanded.
Both of Boyle's goals were scored with his team trailing or tied on the score board. Since the own goal of game three of the first round series with Colorado in overtime, Boyle has been a warrior for the Sharks.
Boyle and Pavelski have lifted this team onto their shoulders and have shown them how to play playoff hockey.
Second Team Goaltender - Tuukka Rask
The 6'3" 169lb 23-year-old from Finland plays for the Boston Bruins.
He has won seven games, lost two, allowed 21 goals on 290 shots, for a 0.928 save percentage, and 2.18 goals against average.
He has supplanted last year's Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas and has provided elite goaltending for the Bruins in this year's playoffs.
He has been able to keep his team in games during the third period allowing only four of his 21 goals against in third periods.
He has also been the Bruins best penalty killer posting a 0.950 save percentage when the Bruins are shorthanded.
He has also now brought the Bruins to a three games to none series lead over the Flyers, and all but punched their ticket to the conference finals. He stopped 34 shots in a 4-1 Boston win last night.
The Bruins have their goaltender of the future and either Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin to choose from in this year's draft thanks to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Boston seems hungry to add a Stanley Cup ring to their fingers this year. They seem to have so much will an momentum riding on their side, especially since the return of Mark Savard.
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Daniel & Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
Brian Rafalski, Detroit Red Wings
Sergei Gonchar, Pittsburgh Penguins
Johnny Boychuk, Boston Bruins
Alexander Edler, Vancouver Canucks