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Ducks Know How to Celebrate

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Nick Mendola at WGR 550 Radio,

That said, how could you not love watching the Anaheim Ducks post-game celebration? Even if you throw out the fact that they soundly-whipped the hated Senators, there were so many emotional moments that you have to figure non-hockey fans waiting for their evening news on NBC had to wonder what the heck was going on.
It was all gravy:
— Scott Niedermayer passing the trophy to his younger brother, Rob, whom he defeated in the 2003 Finals, although it would’ve been funnier if he kept fake handing it over to him. If you really think about it, it’s the Big Brother’s code.
— J.S. Giguere’s wife and infant son celebrating — can an infant celebrate? —with the goaltender just weeks removed from the fear that their child would be completely blind (Maxime Giguere was born with a deformed right eye, but his left eye is healthy).

continued… *more stories of post-game celebrations in Anaheim

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Defense Wins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Naylor of the Globe and Mail,

The Ottawa Senators believe that defence wins championships.
In the moments after they lost 6-2 in the fifth game of the National Hockey League championship series last night, the Senators isolated Anaheim’s ability to prevent scoring chances throughout the series as the reason the Stanley Cup is going to California.
“They were more defensive than we thought they were,” Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson said. “We worked hard, but we gave them too many easy goals in this series and they were better defensively.”

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First West Coast Stanley Cup Winner in 82 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Neil Stevens at CP via CBC,

The Stanley Cup rests among the palm trees and surfboards of southern California.
Travis Moen got credit for two goals and Andy McDonald, Rob Niedermayer, Francois Beauchemin and Corey Perry supplied one each in a 6-2 Anaheim Ducks victory over the Ottawa Senators that closed out the NHL’s championship series in five games. Daniel Alfredsson scored both Senators goals.
The Ducks went all the way because they had the greatest depth of talent. No luck was involved.

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Hoisting the Hardware

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Conn Smythe winner, Scott Niedermayer of the Anaheim Ducks:

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Photo credit: CP

You can find more up-to-the-minute photos of the celebrating in Anaheim in the Yahoo photo collection of Getty Images.

 

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Not Much The Sens Could Do

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Their Stanley Cup dreams shattered, the Senators sat slumped on their bench in stunned silence in the final moments last night.
This was the longest trip the Senators have taken in the playoffs but it turned out to be a monumental setback as the Anaheim Ducks brought home Lord Stanley’s coveted mug with a 6-2 victory in Game 5.
All the Senators could do was shake hands and head for the dressing room to pack up for the long trip back to Ottawa Thursday as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman handed the Cup to Ducks’ captain Scott Niedermayer with the crowd on its feet.

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Anaheim Sings the National Anthem

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

For some reason, the NBC did not televise the singing of the national anthems tonight.  Which was a shame, because the Anaheim crowd contributed a heartfelt verse to the American anthem, something most often seen with Canadian crowds.

Well done, Anaheim!

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NBC Beats CBC Broadcast, says Houston

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From William Houston, for Thursday’s Globe & Mail,

The CBC and NBC have different philosophies when it comes to televising hockey and they stood out during the fifth game of the Stanley Cup final.
NBC takes a journalistic approach. There’s plenty of reporting and analysis. They try to get the information to you quickly.
The CBC has a style that isn’t quite as energetic or urgent. At times the telecast seems almost cinematic in the sense that talk is less important than pictures.
Both work. It depends on what you want from a telecast. But for such a pivotal game, the CBC’s coverage seemed too low-key at times.
On one subject, NBC and CBC were in agreement: The officiating, given the importance of the game, was poor. NBC’s Pierre McGuire made note of cheap calls and so did the CBC’s Harry Neale.

more…

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2007 Anaheim Ducks Win Stanley Cup!

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

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Note: Watch the Post-Game Press Conference, shortly after the game.

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Hasek Decision Within A Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Detroit Free Press,

Dominik Hasek, believed to be leaning toward returning, has informed the Red Wings he will let them know his decision within a week.
“I talked earlier this week with Dom’s agent, and he said he’d let us know by the middle of the next week at the latest,” general manager Ken Holland said today.

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Ah Ha!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

First money: The rumors circulating around expansion fees are that teams would pay in the neighborhood of $150 million in order to gain entry into the NHL – a big hike over the $80 million paid in the last round of expansion that brought us Nashville, Atlanta, Minnesota and Columbus. A bonus for NHL owners: expansion fees do not count as revenue in terms of their partnership with the players’ association, so that’s all money in the bank for teams in the Original 30.

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