2010 NHL Playoff Semifinals Highlights
Well, third placed Chicago swept the NHL’s second place regular season team San Jose Sharks in game four of the NHL Stanley Cup Semifinals Sunday (May 23, 2010), but that is not all that got swept. Seven of Duncan Keith’s teeth got swept off the ice that night too. Ouch. Four teeth on the bottom and three on the top were knocked out when Patrick Marleau tried to clear the puck out of the Sharks’ zone during a penalty kill, but instead he cleared out Duncan Keith’s mouth. Oddly, Marleau broke away up the ice and scored on the play. In keeping with the tough hockey player mentality, Keith didn’t leave the game, but he did take leave of some of his senses. Mouth numbing shots were administered in the change room to keep him on the ice – no stitches required.
Montreal almost got swept in these semifinals by Philadelphia but were able to squeak one out against the Flyers in game three. Okay, it wasn’t a squeaker, it was a spanking; a 5 – 1 warning wherein Montreal said, “Not so fast, boys.” Although it seemed by the games tally in the first two 2010 playoff series, that the Canadiens were playing possum and going up against the ropes with death defying come-backs, they were unable to pull another such victory out of the hat. Their 2010 NHL season came to a prolonged end on May 24, 2010. Theirs was a thrilling story this year.
This shorthanded Flyers goal by Captain Mike Richards sums up the series: A close race where Montreal didn’t quite have enough in them to win.
NHL Stanley Cup Finals
So the stage is set for the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals: The team that hasn’t won the cup in 49 years faces off against the team that hasn’t taken Stanley home since 1974. An Original Six team versus a First Expansion team. It’s NHL history in the re-making.