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from the OC Register,
Facing the prospect of falling behind the Red Wings three games to one while playing without one of their top players and team leaders, the Ducks rallied around the adversity to post a 5-3 victory in Game 4.
They haven’t lost since, closing out Detroit in six games and taking the first two against Ottawa to build a five-game winning streak.
“It was a real wake-up call,” Ducks defenseman Sean O’Donnell said after Friday’s practice at Scotiabank Place. “Our team had to get together and say, ‘What’s going on here? We’re down, 2-1.’ We did have to suck it up there without Chris in Game 4, and I think that’s really kind of emboldened us. We’ve really come together and played well since then.”
from KK member SteveNJ...
It’s about that time of year again when a national network takes over the coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals. This year, once again it’s NBC taking over from VERSUS, who did a fantastic job covering games one and two. For the ‘07 Finals, NBC is pulling out all the stops in an attempt to get the NHL fan to watch - no matter where they might be.
Starting off with the regular, televised broadcast, Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire will be calling the rest of this series for NBC. Bill Clement, Ray Ferraro and Brett Hull will be in the studio, and they will be joined by a special guest on Monday for game four: Mr. Don Cherry. He will share his thoughts on the game during the second intermission. Hull, in turn, will tag-team with Cherry on the legendary “Coach’s Corner” on Saturday night for game three. NBC will air all of their finals coverage in HD.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
The worst thing about the Stanley Cup final? It only lasts a week or two. They should change it to a best-of-47. Take us right through August. Over indulging sports writers could split their September between a fat farm and a detox centre, then be ready and in fine form for the start of the next season. The NHL is treating us so well, you’d almost think they were trying to kill us off. From a Brookstreet breakfast to smoked-meat sandwich lunches at the rink to dinner and receptions back at the hotel
many more NHL bits from Don, including the Sens home crowd needs to be ready…
from the OC Register,
“Recently there have been a few sightings of avid hockey fans stopping on the side of Highways 417 and 416 to pick up fallen (Senators) flags. Not only is this action dangerous but also illegal. Pedestrians are not permitted on multi-lane highways . . . “There also have been allegations that certain Ottawa and other area media have been advocating that if you are driving and are stopped by the OPP to shout out ‘Go, Sens, go!’, thinking this will prevent the driver from receiving a ticket.“
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Question is: Who is the LeBron James of the Ottawa Senators? Is it smiling Jason Spezza—and we wonder, what is this man so happy about? Is it Daniel Alfredsson, the Conn Smythe favourite a week or so ago, now lost in translation. Is it Dany Heatley, the quietest 50-goal scorer anyone has ever known?
Or are the Senators grasping for whatever answers they can find in a series in which they might not find any?
“If you get hit with a right hand one time,” said coach Bryan Murray, “you’d better duck the next time if the guy throws a right hand. We’re going to try to duck.”
from Evan Grossman at NHL.com,
“It seems like yesterday,” Richard said. “We still act like kids. We were doing that when we were a little younger, late to early 30’s I guess, but we’re still the same. It’s just another joke.
“I think it was just like a family,” he said. “After the game we’d go out together and have a few beers and have fun. It went on for five years. I think that’s life. You have to enjoy life and have fun. And I always said that having fun was playing hockey. It was a big joke. It’s just fun. I say hockey, but any sport, I guess. Baseball, football, whatever.”
Those Canadiens clubs traveled together by train. There were no cliques in the dressing room.
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from the LA Times,
All you need to know about Ottawa’s inept offense in the Stanley Cup finals is that in two games, the Ducks have limited the Senators to 36 shots on goal, with 15 of them coming in man-advantage situations.
Playing a style of defense similar to an NFL Cover 2 scheme with two safeties deep, the Ducks have made it difficult for the Senators to get the puck into the attacking zone.
“It’s not just that, but they have a couple of real good safeties back there,” Ottawa forward Mike Comrie said of the Ducks’ Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger.
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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Kunitz will take the game-day skate on Saturday and there is a chance that the doctor could be re-visited—though the doctor is in Anaheim, so whether he gets X-Rays, nobody knows for sure, but this guy looks like he’s getting closer and closer.
Is he perfect? No, not even close. But, he provides a physical element and, the way that he was shooting the puck in practice suggests that Kunitz could be a player at some point in Game 3, 4, 5 or 6, when it appeared at the start of the series that he only had an outside shot at playing in Game 6 or 7.
I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s in the game pretty soon.
more plus other SCF bits…
from the OC Register,
The Ducks-Ottawa Finals also highlight the increased importance of making the right personnel decisions in the new NHL. The Ducks and Senators front offices, NHL players and coaches said, focused on the right guys.
“There’s more to it than just how much money is spent,” Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer said.
“With the cap system,” Burke said, “if everybody has the same amount of money to spend, it’s going to come down to personnel decisions: scouting, coaching, management.”
from Ken Campbell at the Hockey News,
I think that’s the difference we have to make tomorrow,” said Senators coach Bryan Murray. “We have looked for the stretch guy often. They really get back with their ‘D’. They sit back very well and they’ve really got quality people back there. So we have to do a little different things in the attack as far as I’m concerned. We’re going to try, anyway.”
In fact, the Ducks are posturing themselves so deeply in the defensive zone that even when the Senators try to dump the puck in and go to get it, they’re being beaten to it.
“They cheat right back to the middle of the circle almost,” Murray said. “You try to dump it in and all it takes is two steps and they’re back to get the puck.”
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