Who Are These Guys? posted by Jeff Ponder
The Eastern Conference Finals could have been predicted at the start of the 2009-10 season. Sidney Crosby will lead his Pittsburgh Penguins to face Alexander Ovechkin and the high-powered Washington Capitals. Crosby, along with his star support like goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, center Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Sergei Gonchar, can only be beaten at their own game; scoring more goals than the other team and flexing their offensive muscles at every turn. The same can be said for Ovechkin and his teammates like defenseman Mike Green and forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin. No one can stop these guys; or so we thought. Who do these Canadien guys think they are?
Ovechkin and Crosby were at almost a loss for words after being taken out by the number eight seed in two straight playoff series.
Despite scoring five goals and ten points in the disappointing seven game series with Montreal, Ovechkin took complete blame for losing in seven games. “It was my fault," he said shortly after the loss. "We need to score goals. I have a chance to score goals, I didn't score goals."
“They did a lot of good things that good teams need to do to win. Unfortunately for us, we didn't do that,” Crosby said after his game seven upset by the Canadiens. “We all want that perfect ending. I don't think we have thought about [the loss], but it is disappointing.”
So how exactly has this Cinderella team beaten the two powerhouses in the East?
"Obviously, you have to give Montreal a lot of credit,” stated veteran Penguins winger Bill Guerin. “They played some amazing hockey this series. Their defensive play was incredible. Their team play was as good as I've seen. They deserve a lot of the credit."
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