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'NHL 09': Bruins win (virtual) Cup

4/14/2009
"NHL 09"

Using the simulation engine of "NHL 09," EA Sports predicts that the Boston Bruins will win the Stanley Cup for the first time in 37 years.

According to EA: "Boston, led by shutdown defenseman Zdeno Chara, outmuscled the Blackhawks and received timely scoring from Conn Smythe Trophy winner Phil Kessel to capture its sixth Stanley Cup, and first since 1972. Kessel, playing on the Bruins top line with playoff leading scorer Marc Savard, delivered two overtime game-winners during the Finals. He finished with 14 goals in the playoffs, including five in the Finals."

Boston last appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals in 1990, losing 4 games to 1 to the Edmonton Oilers.

2009 STANLEY CUP FINALS

EA states: "Boston reached the Stanley Cup Finals with 4-2 series wins over Montreal and Carolina, and a thrilling seven-game series victory over the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Finals. Chicago, making its first playoff appearance since 2001-02, upset President's Trophy winner and top seed San Jose in seven games in the Western Conference Finals after series wins over Calgary (4-2) and Vancouver (4-2)."

Why should you care about a video game simulation? Well, there are weeks during the NFL season where the "Madden" sim beats all experts, not to mention the uncanny simulation EA Sports did of the 2009 Super Bowl.

So just in case you want to know what will happen before the games are even played, here are the final stats and results, according to EA Sports:

CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

CONFERENCE FINALS

PLAYOFF SCORING LEADERS