2010 Stanley Cup

Logo for 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs

The 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs of the National Hockey League (NHL) began on April 14, 2010, after the conclusion of the 2009–10 NHL season.[1] The Montreal Canadiens became the first eight seeded team in NHL history to win a series against the first-seeded team after being down 1–3 in a series.[2] The Canadiens are also the first eighth-seeded team to compete in the Eastern Conference finals since the current playoff format was implemented in 1994.[3] Previously, only the eighth-seeded 2006 Edmonton Oilers had accomplished a similar feat, winning the 2006 Western Conference finals. Philadelphia became the third NHL team to win after being down 0–3 in the series, and the first since the 1975 New York Islanders.[4]

Playoff seedsEdit

After the regular season, the standard of 16 teams qualified for the playoffs. The Washington Capitals were the Eastern Conference regular season champions and the Presidents' Trophy winners with the best record at 121 points. The San Jose Sharks earned a number 1 seed in the Western Conference with 113 points.

Eastern Conference Edit

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The Stanley Cup

  1. Washington CapitalsSoutheast Division and Eastern Conference regular season champions; President's Trophy winners; 121 points
  2. New Jersey DevilsAtlantic Division champions, 103 points
  3. Buffalo SabresNortheast Division champions, 100 points
  4. Pittsburgh Penguins – 2009 Stanley Cup Champions, 101 points
  5. Ottawa Senators – 94 points
  6. Boston Bruins – 91 points
  7. Philadelphia Flyers – 88 points
  8. Montreal Canadiens – 88 points

Western Conference Edit

  1. San Jose SharksPacific Division champions and Western Conference regular season champions, 113 points
  2. Chicago BlackhawksCentral Division champions, 112 points
  3. Vancouver CanucksNorthwest Division champions, , 103 points
  4. Phoenix Coyotes – 107 points
  5. Detroit Red Wings – 102 points
  6. Los Angeles Kings – 101 points
  7. Nashville Predators – 100 points
  8. Colorado Avalanche – 95 points

Playoff bracket Edit

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Stanley Cup Final
1  Washington Capitals 3  
8  Montreal Canadiens 4  
  4  Pittsburgh Penguins 3  
  8  Montreal Canadiens 4  
2  New Jersey Devils 1
7  Philadelphia Flyers 4  
  8  Montreal Canadiens 1  
Eastern Conference
  7  Philadelphia Flyers 4  
3  Buffalo Sabres 2  
6  Boston Bruins 4  
  6  Boston Bruins 3
  7  Philadelphia Flyers 4  
4  Pittsburgh Penguins 4
5  Ottawa Senators 2  
  7  Philadelphia Flyers 2
  2  Chicago Blackhawks 4
1  San Jose Sharks 4  
8  Colorado Avalanche 2  
  1  San Jose Sharks 4
  5  Detroit Red Wings 1  
2  Chicago Blackhawks 4
7  Nashville Predators 2  
  1  San Jose Sharks 0
Western Conference
  2  Chicago Blackhawks 4  
3  Vancouver Canucks 4  
6  Los Angeles Kings 2  
  2  Chicago Blackhawks 4
  3  Vancouver Canucks 2  
4  Phoenix Coyotes 3
5  Detroit Red Wings 4  

In each round, the highest remaining seed in each conference is matched against the lowest remaining seed. The higher-seeded team is awarded home ice advantage, which gives them a possible maximum of four games on their home ice, with the lower-seeded team getting a possible maximum of three. In the Stanley Cup Finals, home ice is determined based on regular season points. Each best-of-seven series follows a 2–2–1–1–1 format. This means that the higher-seeded team had home ice for games 1 and 2 and if necessary, 5 and 7, while the lower-seeded team had home ice for games 3, 4, and if necessary, game 6.

Conference Quarter-finals Edit

Eastern Conference Quarter-finals Edit

(1) Washington Capitals vs. (8) Montreal CanadiensEdit

The Washington Capitals entered the playoffs as the Presidents' Trophy winner, earning the NHL's best regular season record with 121 points. The Montreal Canadiens qualified for the postseason as the eighth seed with 88 points. This was the first playoff series between the two franchises. Montreal's difference in the series is the 5th largest point differential (33 points) for a lower-seeded team beating a higher-seeded team in playoff history. It is also the first time a #8 seeded team has come back against a #1 seed after being down 3–1 in the series.[2]

Montreal won series 4–3

(2) New Jersey Devils vs. (7) Philadelphia FlyersEdit

The New Jersey Devils entered the playoffs as the second seed in the Eastern Conference after winning the Atlantic Division with 103 points. The Philadelphia Flyers earned the seventh seed with 88 points, winning the tiebreaker over Montreal on total wins (41 to 39). The two franchises met in the playoffs for the first time since the first round in 2004, having previously met in the 2000 and 1995 Conference Finals.

Philadelphia won series 4–1

(3) Buffalo Sabres vs. (6) Boston BruinsEdit

The Buffalo Sabres entered the playoffs as the third seed in the Eastern Conference after winning the Northeast Division with 100 points. The Boston Bruins earned the sixth seed with 91 points. The last series between the two franchises took place in 1999, which the Sabres won 4–2.

Boston won series 4–2

(4) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (5) Ottawa SenatorsEdit

The Pittsburgh Penguins, the defending Stanley Cup Champions, entered the playoffs as the fourth overall seed in the Eastern Conference with 101 points. The Ottawa Senators earned 94 points during the regular season to finish fifth overall in the Eastern Conference. This was the third time in four years the Senators met the Penguins in the first round, with Ottawa winning the series 4–1 in 2007, and Pittsburgh sweeping the series in 2008 (the Senators did not qualify for the playoffs in 2009).

Pittsburgh won series 4–2

Western Conference Quarter-finals Edit

(1) San Jose Sharks vs. (8) Colorado AvalancheEdit

The San Jose Sharks entered the playoffs as the regular season Western Conference Champions, with 113 points. The Colorado Avalanche earned 95 points to clinch the eighth playoff seed in the Western Conference. The franchises previously faced each other in the Western Conference Semi-final in 2004, which the Sharks won 4–2.

San Jose won series 4–2

(2) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (7) Nashville PredatorsEdit

The Chicago Blackhawks entered the playoffs as the second overall seed in the Western Conference, having clinched the Central Division title with 112 points. The Nashville Predators qualified for the playoffs after missing the playoffs the previous season, clinching the seventh seed with 100 points. This was the first time these two franchises met each other in the playoffs.

Chicago won series 4–2

(3) Vancouver Canucks vs. (6) Los Angeles KingsEdit

The Vancouver Canucks entered the playoffs as the third overall seed in the Western Conference, having clinched the Northwest Division title with 103 points. The Los Angeles Kings qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2002, clinching the sixth seed with 101 points. The two franchises met for the first time since the 1993 Smythe Division finals, which the Kings won 4–2.

Vancouver won series 4–2

(4) Phoenix Coyotes vs. (5) Detroit Red WingsEdit

The Phoenix Coyotes qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2002, finishing the regular season with 107 points (the most in franchise history), and entered the playoffs as the fourth overall seed in the Western Conference. The Detroit Red Wings, making their 19th straight playoff appearance, earned 102 points during the regular season to finish fifth overall in the Western Conference. Phoenix and Detroit faced each other in the opening round of the 1998 playoffs, with the Red Wings defeating Phoenix 4–2. The franchises met in the opening round of the 1996 playoffs, with the Red Wings defeating the Winnipeg Jets 4–2, after which the Winnipeg franchise moved to Phoenix.

Detroit won series 4–3

Conference Semi-finals Edit

Eastern Conference Semi-finalsEdit

(4) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (8) Montreal CanadiensEdit

This is the second time that Montreal and Pittsburgh have met in the playoffs. The only previous playoff series between Montreal and Pittsburgh was the 1998 Conference Quarter-finals, in which the Canadiens defeated the Penguins 4–2. Game 7 was the last game ever to be played at Mellon Arena, the Penguins' home rink since the start of the franchise. The Penguins will move into the Consol Energy Center starting the next season.

Montreal won series 4–3

(6) Boston Bruins vs. (7) Philadelphia FlyersEdit

This was the first time the franchises have met in the playoffs since 1978, when the Bruins defeated the Flyers 4-1 in the Stanley Cup semi-final. Boston and Philadelphia had previously met in the playoffs in 1976 and 1977. The Flyers won the first of those matchups, with Boston prevailing in 1977. Philadelphia and Boston also met in the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals, which Philadelphia won 4–2 to become the first expansion team to win the NHL championship. Philadelphia came back from a 3–0 deficit to win the series 4–3, becoming the third NHL team to achieve this feat, and the first since the 1975 New York Islanders.[5][4]

Philadelphia won series 4–3

Western Conference Semi-finalsEdit

(1) San Jose Sharks vs. (5) Detroit Red WingsEdit

The Sharks and the Red Wings last played a series in the 2007 Conference Semi-finals, which Detroit won 4–2. There have been two other series between these franchises in the mid-1990s, with each team winning one.

San Jose won series 4–1

(2) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (3) Vancouver CanucksEdit

This is the third second-round series between Vancouver and Chicago under the current playoff format. Vancouver and Chicago competed in the Western Conference Semi-final the previous year, with the Blackhawks winning the series 4–2. In 1995, the Blackhawks swept the series.

Chicago won series 4–2

Conference FinalsEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

(7) Philadelphia Flyers vs. (8) Montreal CanadiensEdit

This was the first ever conference final contested by the seventh and eighth seeds. The Canadiens and the Flyers both earned 88 points in the regular season, but Philadelphia's greater number of victories gave them the higher seed. There were five previous meetings between Montreal and Philadelphia, including the 1976 Stanley Cup Finals. Their last meeting was in the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals which Philadelphia won 4–1.

Philadelphia won series 4–1

Western ConferenceEdit

(1) San Jose Sharks vs. (2) Chicago BlackhawksEdit

This was the first ever playoff series between the Sharks and the Blackhawks. There were four games between these two teams during the regular season, with Chicago leading San Jose three games to one. This was the only sweep of the entire playoffs.

Chicago won series 4–0

Stanley Cup FinalsEdit

Main article: 2010 Stanley Cup FinalsThe Chicago Blackhawks had home ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Finals since they finished the regular season with more points (112) than the Philadelphia Flyers (88). This was the second playoff series between the two teams and the first since 1971 when the Blackhawks swept the Flyers in the Stanley Cup quarterfinals. Prior to the 2010 Finals, both teams had previously lost in their last five consecutive Finals appearances (Chicago in 1962, 1965, 1971, 1973, and 1992; and Philadelphia in 1976, 1980, 1985, 1987, and 1997). Having lost in the 2010 Finals, the Flyers became the third team in NHL history to lose in six consecutive Finals appearances, after the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings. It also was the first time since the Flyers themselves lost in 1987 that a team in the city of Philadelphia lost a championship in a non-presidential inauguration year (Phillies in 1993 and 2009 World Series, Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, Flyers in 1997, and 76ers in 2001 NBA Finals).[11]

Chicago won series 4–2

This was the first Stanley Cup won in overtime since the New Jersey Devils in 2000.

Player statisticsEdit


These are the top ten skaters based on points. If the list exceeds ten skaters because of a tie in points, goals take precedence.[12]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/–
Daniel Briere Philadelphia Flyers 23 12 18 30 +9
Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks 22 7 22 29 -1
Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks 22 10 18 28 -2
Mike Richards Philadelphia Flyers 23 7 16 23 -1
Patrick Sharp Chicago Blackhawks 22 11 11 22 +10
Claude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers 23 10 11 21 +7
Ville Leino Philadelphia Flyers 19 7 14 21 +10
Michael Cammalleri Montreal Canadiens 19 13 6 19 -6
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins 13 6 13 19 +6
Johan Franzen Detroit Red Wings 12 6 12 18 +8

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/minus


This is a combined table of the top five goaltenders based on goals against average and the top five goaltenders based on save percentage with at least 420 minutes played. The table is sorted by GAA, and the criteria for inclusion are bolded.[13][14]

Michael Leighton Philadelphia Flyers 13 8 3 371 31 2.46 .916 3 757:13
Brian Boucher Philadelphia Flyers 12 6 6 298 27 2.47 .909 1 655:37
Jaroslav Halak Montreal Canadiens 18 9 9 562 43 2.55 .923 0 1,013:24
Evgeni Nabokov San Jose Sharks 15 8 7 407 38 2.56 .907 1 889:51
Tuukka Rask Boston Bruins 13 7 6 409 36 2.61 .912 0 829:03
Antti Niemi Chicago Blackhawks 22 16 6 645 58 2.63 .910 2 1,321:51
Jimmy Howard Detroit Red Wings 12 5 7 387 33 2.75 .915 1 720:26

GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; SA = Shots against; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals against average; SV% = Save percentage; SO = Shutouts; TOI = Time on ice (minutes:seconds)


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