The Electronic Arts Sports division is a heavyweight in the sports simulation video game market churning out annual stellar games, this much we known.‚  However, EA Sports is not satisfied with merely creating the games we know and love, they also act as soothsayers and delve into the waters of the future, emerging frequently with correct predictions.

Just a few months ago, an EA simulation of the SuperBowl between the unlikely Arizona Cardinals and the physical Steelers yielded a 28-24 Steelers victory.‚  The actual game result? 27-23 in favor of the Steelers; that is just downright scary accuracy.

Fast forward and change sports and we see the NHL Playoffs looming ominously on the immediate horizon.‚  EA Sports has again run a simulation of the entire playoffs in NHL 09, the award winning ice hockey title, and who takes home the Stanley Cup this year you ask?

According to NHL 09, the Boston Bruins, led by Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard, beat out the Chicago Blackhawks in 6 games to capture their first title in a whopping 37 years.

If EA Sports can follow up their eerily close SuperBowl prediction with yet another unlikely final line, well I’d hope EA’s next venture is in a stock market video game!

Full playoff breakdown below:

Eastern Conference Finals

Game 1 – Boston 3 Washington 2 OT
Game 2 – Boston 4 Washington 3
Game 3 – Washington 4 Boston 1
Game 4 – Washington 4 Boston 2
Game 5 – Boston 2 Washington 1
Game 6 – Washington 4 Boston 3 OT
Game 7 – Boston 3 Washington 2

Western Conference Finals

Game 1 – Chicago 5 San Jose 4
Game 2 – San Jose 5 Chicago 3
Game 3 – Chicago 4 San Jose 3 OT
Game 4 – San Jose 3 Chicago 1
Game 5 – San Jose 4 Chicago 3
Game 6 – Chicago 4 San Jose 2
Game 7 – Chicago 4 San Jose 3

Eastern Conference
Round 1
(1) Boston defeats (8) Montreal , 4-2
(2) Washington defeats (7) NY Rangers, 4-2
(4) Pittsburgh defeats (5) Philadelphia, 4-3
(6) Carolina defeats (3) New Jersey, 4-2

Round 2
(1) Boston defeats (6) Carolina, 4-2
(2) Washington defeats (4) Pittsburgh, 4-3

Eastern Conference Finals
(1) Boston defeats (2) Washington, 4-3

Western Conference

Round 1
(1) San Jose defeats (8) Anaheim, 4-2
(3) Vancouver defeats (6) St. Louis, 4-2
(4) Chicago defeats (5) Calgary, 4-2
(7) Columbus defeats (2) Detroit, 4-3

Round 2
(1) San Jose defeats (7) Columbus, 4-1
(4) Chicago defeats (3) Vancouver, 4-2

Western Conference Finals
(4) Chicago defeats (1) San Jose, 4-3

Stanley Cup Finals
Boston defeats Chicago, 4-2

Playoff Scoring Leaders

Player‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  GP‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  G‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  A‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  PTS
Marc Savard‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  25‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  8‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  19‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  27
Alexander Ovechkin‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  20‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  15‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  11‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  26
Patrick Kane‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  25‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  10‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  14‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  24
Phil Kessel‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  25‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  14‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  9‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  23
Joe Thornton‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  19‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  7‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  15‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  22
Patrick Marleau 19‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  10‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  11‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  21
Jonathan Toews‚ ‚  25‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  10‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  11‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  21
Alexander Semin 20‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  9‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  12‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  21
David Krejci‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  25‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  6‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  14‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  20
Martin Havlat‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  25‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  12‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  8‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  20
Nicklas Backstrom‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  20‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  6‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  14‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  20

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Eddie Makuch is a Blast staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch.

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