The Boston Bruins have ended their 37-year Stanley Cup drought - at least, in the video game realm.
The Bruins defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in six games to win the Stanley Cup in EA Sports' annual simulation of the 2009 NHL post-season. The simulation was conducted on the NHL 09 video game, which is made in Burnaby, B.C.
The simulation saw the Bruins advance to the final - their first since 1990 - by beating the Montreal Canadiens in six games in the opening round, upending the Carolina Hurricanes in six games in round two and edging the Washington Capitals in seven games in a thrilling Eastern Conference final.
The Blackhawks advanced to their first Stanley Cup final since 1992 by beating the Calgary Flames 4-2 in round one, knocking off the Vancouver Canucks in six games in round two and upsetting the top-seeded San Jose Sharks in seven games in the Western Conference final.
The biggest upset of the simulation came in round one, when the defending-champion Detroit Red Wings were beaten in seven games by the Columbus Blue Jackets, making their playoff debut.
In other first-round matchups, the Capitals got past the New York Rangers 4-2, Pittsburgh knocked off Philadelphia 4-3, Carolina downed New Jersey 4-2, San Jose ousted Anaheim 4-2 and Vancouver beat St. Louis 4-2.
In the other second-round series, Washington shaded Pittsburgh 4-3 and San Jose cruised past Columbus 4-1.
The NHL 09 simulation uses real-life data from each team, such as player ratings and line combinations, and includes variances such as injuries and hot streaks.