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from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
If the Senators are going to win a Stanley Cup, they are going to have to step over the body of a Norris Trophy winner to do it.
Not that that should intimidate them.
So far, the Senators have beaten arguably the best player in hockey (Sidney Crosby of the Penguins), arguably the best goaltender (Martin Brodeur of the Devils) and the best team in the regular season, the Sabres.
So, why not the game’s best defenceman, too?
from the Edmonton Journal,
The Oilers general manager was pulling for the Ducks to hold on against the rallying Detroit Red Wings. When the Ducks prevailed 4-3, the last piece of the Chris Pronger trade puzzle was completed and the Oilers secured a first-round draft pick in 2008 because Anaheim won the Western Conference title.
Lowe held out for an extra first-rounder last July after Ducks GM Brian Burke agreed to give up a first-round choice in this June’s draft in Columbus. If Anaheim won the West in 2007, the Oilers would get a first-rounder next June. If they won in 2008, it was a first-round pick that year. If not, the same scenario held for 2009.
One guy who has to be happy with the break before the SCF starts is Doc Emrick, his voice could use a little down time. Doc was on top his game last night!
from the Ottawa Citizen,
“I’ll read the paper when the game is too stressful,” she says, “Especially when the other team gets the goals first. Some nights, the paper is well-read.”
For Rhoda, watching a game involving either of her sons now coaching in the NHL—Terry, the seventh of her 10 children, is an assistant coach, pacing behind the Philadelphia Flyers’ bench—is an exercise in high anxiety. But when the Senators win, as they’ve been doing lately, she can get pretty excited.
“I phoned Bryan on Sunday and told him, ‘I jumped right to the ceiling after you got the goal.’
via USA TODAY,
Selanne and Pronger ripped the refs for calls in the third period, when the Ducks were penalized three times, the Red Wings none.
Said Selanne, “When you have to beat the referees, too, it’s tough.”
Added Pronger, “When we’re getting penalty after penalty on pretty weak calls, a lot of guys were talking about conspiracy theories.”
added 11:31pm, from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
Hang around the NHL long enough, especially an NHL locker room and you start to wonder where they store all those crosses that the players invariably bring out when they think they’ve been wronged by the referees.
Now that’s normal in sport in general, but it goes to absurd lengths in the NHL, especially during playoff time.
Case in point: Tuesday night in Anaheim and the Ducks, between sips of celebration for having won the Campbell Trophy and a berth in the Stanley Cup final couldn’t help but argue that the referees had it out for them in the end.
from the OC Register,
Hasek, 42, acknowledged he might not get many more chances at the Stanley Cup.
“It’s very possible it’s my last game,” Hasek said.
Hasek was brought to Detroit by General Manager Ken Holland, who signed him to a one-year, $750,000 deal. The six-time Vezina Trophy winner would have made $1.1million for winning the Stanley Cup this year.
And in the early going, it appeared he might carry the Red Wings back to Detroit for a Game 7.
from the Detroit News,
If goalie Dominik Hasek wants to play next season, the Red Wings are all for it.
Hasek didn’t commit one way or another to playing another season after Tuesday’s series-ending 4-3 loss to Anaheim. But coach Mike Babcock and Hasek’s teammates believe Hasek can still play next season if he so desires.
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
Here’s something Bettman clearly doesn’t understand: Canada is the bedrock of the NHL. Even with the European influx, we provide the bodies and the heart and the people who will pay through the nose and battle their way through a blizzard to watch the game.
Perhaps for a change, Bettman should try to make the U.S. networks want the NHL, rather than the other way around. Perhaps he should act as though he actually believes hockey is worth paying for.
And maybe he should pretend that he can find Canada on a map. We’re right up here, Gary - due north.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Selanne supplied the tears of joy.
Todd Marchant supplied the blood after he was struck on the nose by a high stick in the third period and, in typical hockey-player fashion, returned within minutes.
Every member of the Ducks supplied the sweat, building a 4-1 lead and then scrambling to protect it against the late-surging Red Wings.
All offered without hesitation for the chance to embrace that big silver cup.
“This is a very special moment for me,” said Selanne, who will be 37 in July. “I’m going to enjoy every moment of this.”
He earned that right. So did every one of his teammates.
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Congratulations to the Anaheim Ducks for their win tonight. The Ottawa Senators and the Anaheim Ducks begin their series in Anaheim on Monday, May 28th.
*You can check out the full Stanley Cup Finals schedule, posted earlier today here on KK.
via On Frozen Pond,
Panthers D-man Jay Bouwmeester had what the team is calling minor hip surgery today in Vail, Colorado. It was thought he might need some kind of surgery because he was limping around at the end of the year.
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