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Another Great Year Of Hockey In The Books

PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 09:  Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks hoists the Stanley Cup after teammate Patrick Kane #88 scored the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 and win the Stanley Cup in Game Six of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Wachovia Center on June 9, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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John StitzContributor IJune 10, 2010

Well, we all saw it last night.

At last, the 2009-2010 season has come to an end, with the Blackhawks defeating the Flyers in Philly 4-3 in overtime to win the Stanley Cup in six games, their first time winning it since this guy was playing.

It's been a long 49 year wait for the Windy City, but the Blackhawks have finally hoisted the Cup. As for the Flyers, they made their first Stanley Cup since the 1996-1997 season, when this guy was playing.

However, the city of brotherly love lost their second straight chance for a title (The Phillies losing to the Yankees, see championship photo here ).

But looking back at a year of great hockey, this was one of the best I have seen. It sucks that my Capitals crapped the bed in the first round.

But enough of my whining, let's see what we have all learned.

THING #1: The Capitals are the new Sharks.

The Capitals finished the season with the best record in the regular season, wayyy ahead of everyone else since they set the second longest winning streak in NHL history with fourteen consecutive wins.

But thanks to the fact that this guy decided to curse another team this year by picking them to win game seven, the Capitals lost and another Cup chance eluded them. Barry Melrose even said on ESPN "The Capitals are the new Sharks."

Yeah, thanks mullet man.

THING #2: Gary Bettman = Stubborn Canadian -Hater

The Coyotes were rumored to be facing an extreme financial crisis is Glendale, and then ideas started swirling around that they would devolve into this . But then Gary Bettman put the hammer down and had the NHL take control of the team to prevent moving back to where they should be.

Despite the Coyotes making the playoffs as the fourth seed, there still was not an abundance of fan turnout, and many puckheads still think a move back to that one country up north is the right thing to do (me being one of them). Keeping a hockey team in the hottest part of the United States is like having the Tour De France here .  It just doesn't make sense.

THING #3: Crosby catches his breaks. Always.

The 2010 Vancouver Olympics was a very exciting time for hockey fans, as we saw Canada take on the United States in the Gold Medal game. Canada was riding the wave of demolishing the tournament competition, while the States' opponents couldn't score because this guy was between the pipes.

In the end, Sidney Crosby (also known as Sid the Kid, The Face of the NHL, Bettman's butt-buddy, and Crybaby Crosby) put in the goal past Ryan Miller in OT to give the Canucks the gold. This deepens the hate that I have for him, and disgusts me when my fellow Americans are wearing Crosby shirts the next day (kind of Anti-America , isn't it?).

THING #4: Never Give Up, and expect the Unexpected.

This year's postseason was one of the best I have seen in years, last years was also great, but the fact that the unexpected happened constantly made it special.

In the first round, the Capitals seemed to be dominating the Habs, taking a 3-1 lead into the Nation's capital. But then Jaroslav Halak happened. The Canadiens still could not get many shots on net, but they made a miraculous comeback to beat the Capitals and seven and made me a very sad boy .

134-66.  That was the shot count for the last three games in that series, in favor of Washington. Halak stopped 131 of those 134 shots. That's insane. Halak was, in my opinion, the biggest difference maker for his team in the entire playoffs.

Then we had the second round. You know what I am talking about. The Flyers and the Bruins.

The Bruins took the first three games from the Broad Street Bullies and the season seemed over for Pronger and the gang. Then things started to turn around.

Game Four: Flyers 5-4 OT

Game Five: Flyers 4-0

Game Six: Flyers 2-1

It was at that time that excitement started around my school, full of Flyers fans and people like this . My physics teacher was very excited.

I was with my friends watching the game, despite me being a Caps fan. After the Bruins went up 3-0, they kicked me out because I was "jinxing" them.

I guess I was right.

The Flyers came the entire way back to win the game 4-3 and the series in seven, becoming the first team to come back from a 3-0 deficet in a Pro Sports series since 2004, when this guy was playing. Wait, he still is. Never mind.

The point is that the NHL Playoffs are crazy, like this guy . Never say die.

 

Well, that's all the things I learned, have a great off-season!

 

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