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Video game simulation has the Stanley Cup going to St. Louis as Blues beat Pens
TORONTO - It could be a season to remember for the St. Louis Blues, according to a video game simulation of the 2013-14 NHL campaign.
The EA Sports "NHL 14" simulation had the Blues winning their first ever Stanley Cup by dispatching the Pittsburgh Penguins four games to two. Defenceman Alex Pietrangelo won the Conn Smythe Trophy.
The defending champion Chicago Blackhawks won the Presidents' Trophy with 108 points, only to fall to the Blues in the Western Conference final.
Vancouver (fourth in the West), Edmonton (eighth in the West), Montreal (sixth in the East) and Toronto (seventh in the East) all made the playoffs.
Winnipeg was 12th and Calgary 14th in the West while Ottawa, missing out on the playoffs by three points, was ninth in the East.
Only Montreal advanced out of the first round of the playoffs among Canadian teams. The Habs beat Detroit in six games before losing to Pittsburgh in five.
The Bruins ruined Toronto's season again, dispatching the Leafs in five games. The Penguins finally stopped the Boston charge in the Eastern final, winning four games to three.
In the West, Vancouver lost to San Jose in seven games while Chicago swept Edmonton in four.
St. Louis advanced to the Cup final by beating Minnesota in five games, Los Angeles in six and Chicago in six. Pittsburgh made it by defeating the Islanders in seven games, Montreal and Boston.
According to the simulation:
— Sidney Crosby won the Hart Memorial Trophy after leading the league with 109 points (41 goals and 68 assists).
— Tampa forward Steven Stamkos picked up the Rocket Richard Trophy as top goal-scorer with 64.
— Tampa's Jonathan Drouin claimed the Calder Memorial Trophy as top rookie.
— Boston's Tuukka Rask won the Vezina as top goalie.
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