East Final vs Carolina
This could be called the mis-match series, as the Canes’ had no hope in hell winning it after two tough upset 7 game wins vs the Devils and Boston. This time it was Malkin’s turn to dominate like no other in the game. His Game Two “trick” was as impressive as it gets, especially the turn around no look backhand third goal which blew the roof off of Mellon Arena. From that point on, Carolina just went through the motions with the Pens’ winning 6-3 and 4-1 in Raleigh for the sweep. And so it was on to a second straight Stanley Cup Final. It’s at this point as a fan (take note Leaf followers!) that it really becomes clear, holy shit, my team is 4 wins away from the ultimate prize. Four tough and gruelling wins, but nothing a good team doesn’t do a multitude of times during the regular season.
Star of the Round – Evgeni Malkin