Montreal and Carey Price's quest for the Stanley Cup

Montreal's epic journey to The Stanley Cup.

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and so it begins............"The Quest For Lord Stanley"

Los Angeles wins the Stanley Cup: by taking the best of seven on home ice in five.

Though the Kings dominated play at times they needed three over time wins in the series. Two of which went into double over time.

Round 1 Round 2 Conf. Final Final Conf. Final Round 2 Round 1
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Boston (1) Anaheim (1)
Boston 4-1 Ducks 4-2
Detroit (8) Boston Anaheim Dallas (8)
------ Habs 4-3 LA 4-3 ------
Tampa Bay (3) Montreal Montreal Los Angeles Los Angeles San Jose (4)
Habs 4-0 LA 4-3
Montreal (4) New York Kings (6)
------ Rangers 4-2 LA wins 4-1 Kings 4-3 ------
Pittsburgh (2) Los Angeles Colorado (2)
Pens 4-2 Min. 4-3
Columbus (7) Pittsburgh New York Chicago Minnesota Minnesota (7)
------ NY 4-3 Hawks 4-2 ------
New York (5) New York Chicago St. Louis (3)
NY 4-3 Hawks 4-2
Philadelphia (6) Chicago (5)
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The finals have been set with the New York Rangers representing the east and the Los Angeles Kings the victors in the west.

New York beat Montreal in six games. The Rangers scored first and checked Montreal to the final buzzer. Los Angeles won game seven on the road against Chicago in a real seesaw battle.

The Conference Finals have been set. In the West, Los Angeles and Chicago will do battle again as they did last year. Montreal and New York Rangers battle in the East.

In the past two years, the winner of the West has won the Stanley Cup. Chicago and Los Angeles have been the winners the past two years. Five of the last seven winners of the Stanley Cup have been from the West. In the East, Montreal has not won since 1993 and the Rangers last hoisted the Cup in 1994.

As we start the second round lets review the first. No surprise Boston over Detroit, Anaheim over Dallas, and Pittsburgh over Columbus. Montreal over Tampa Bay was not a surprise but sweeping the Lightening was unexpected. Rangers over the Flyers in seven and the Blackhawks defeating St. Louis in six were series that could have gone either way. Minnesota winning in game seven over second seed Colorado was a huge upset. Los Angeles over San Jose was not a surprise but the fact that they came back from a 3-0 deficit was a huge shocker.

The playoff pairings have been set. Unlike in past years, the winners of the first round will face specfic winners based on divisional match ups. The matrix below demonstrates this. Playoffs open tonight with three games, four games on Thursday and one series opening on Friday.

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We now have, for the first time in two years; a full season. You also need to consider the Olympic break, two thirds into the season. The result being numerous games on back to back nights. Getting off to a good start and getting that early cushion in the standings will help a team mend from injuries and take away the day to day stresses of a full season. A better effort by Montreal to avenge the first round exit last year is a must.

With the realignment of east and west, that moved Winnipeg to the west and Detroit & Columbus moving east: two teams in the west will capture wildcard berths and the same is true in the east. Only difference being the east has two more teams than the west.