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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
But there are many more warm-n’-fuzzy examples than Selanne’s.
Look at head coach Randy Carlyle, who never won a Cup during his stellar 18-year playing career, but now joins an even more select club as the bench boss of a champ.
Look at GM Brian Burke, who showed gorilla-sized gonads in remaking the team in his own image, at a pace far faster than a Jason Allison breakaway.
Or how about Dustin Penner, Andy McDonald and Chris Kunitz? None of those three were regarded highly enough to be drafted by any NHL team, yet all three combined for 14 goals and 28 points this post-season.
from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Yahoo,
It’s debatable what kind of impact their Cup win will have on hockey. The NHL is a copycat league and if other clubs try to mimic Anaheim’s defence-first, hard-hitting style, the new NHL won’t quite be what it had hoped coming out of the lockout.
That’s not a shot at the Ducks, who were well-built and whose determination and work ethic was unmatched this season. They deserved the Cup. But from a fan’s perspective, the prospect of other teams adopting the defence-first philosophy won’t be terribly exciting.
The kind of hockey that Buffalo, Ottawa and Pittsburgh play in the Eastern Conference is what the league was hoping to see coming out of the lockout, a breathless offensive-minded style.
more on the Ducks…
from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
Go back to the opening night loss in Anaheim, the night the Ducks served notice that they would play the games on their terms: hard, fast and physical.
The Senators, as it turned out, had no answer for that.
That Game 1 win was only a one-goal decision, 3-2, Ducks, but it served notice to anyone watching that these Ducks wanted it more. They outworked the Senators for everything they got, every goal, every chance, and every shift. They brought their winner’s game that night and they brought it to a higher level every night after that. It was a level of desire and intensity that the Senators could never quite match.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Then Scott handed it to brother Rob.
As the Cup, the first ever won by an NHL West Coast team, was passed from player to player here last night, every touch became a story.
The Niedermayers became the first brothers since Brent and Duane Sutter in 1983 to win it together.
The winner of everything there is to win in hockey, from Olympic gold to world championships, World Juniors, Canada Cups and World Cups, Scott Niedermayer won something he’s never won before - the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP this night.
from The Maven,
The Senators skated down the left alley, the right alley and center ice. Wherever they skated, they got beaten, first physically and then mentally.
So, here’s a congratulatory QUACK-QUACK for the new champs. From Nieder to Nieder; Carlyle to Burke; they deserve everything they got.
As for those imposters from North of the border, well, they can still go around telling people that they invented hockey.
But I’m beginning to think that that’s as much a myth as the Ottawa Senators as champions!
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
The Ducks were by far the better team Wednesday, as they were for most of this series. They’re not from a “traditional” hockey city, but they won this series the old-fashioned way: They outworked the Senators, played stouter defense and got goaltending that was far superior to anything the Eastern Conference champions could muster.
They played for each other, covered for each other and, when it was over, exulted for each other, surrounding goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere in a squirming pile of humanity. The standing-room-only crowd of 17,372 at the Honda Center, as lively as any that ever filled the arena of an Original Six team, roared while streamers dropped from the rafters and championship hats appeared on players’ heads as if by magic.
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from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,
At 36, on a Wednesday night in June, it found him.
He knelt between the circles with his parents and his wife and children and brothers, all huddled around Stanley.
Selanne has the Cup. And he is not on anybody’s checking line. He scored 46 goals this season.
He flipped in the backhander that airmailed Dominik Hasek and topped the water bottle in Detroit, reversing the Western finals.
In Ottawa on Monday he made the same instinctive, explosive play that has made him everything he is, getting free and hitting Dustin Penner for the winner that set up Game 5.
That’s when the Ducks, relentless finishers throughout, routed the Senators, 6-2, to bring the Cup to California for the first time.
from Bob Duff at MSNBC,
With the right amount of tweaking over the summer to add a little offensive depth, the Canucks will be Stanley Cup champions next spring.
While Anaheim remains a young team with an outstanding core and future, it’s difficult to envision the Ducks winning two Cups in a row after enduring the grind of playing deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second year in a row.
If you want to listen to some talk about the finals, check it out.
From Scott Burnside at ESPN,
A championship like this one answers many questions.
Can a team still succeed in the new NHL playing old-fashioned, face-against-the-glass hockey? Yes. Provided you throw more than a healthy does of talent and speed into the stew. This win isn’t a step back for the league, but it is an eye-opener of sorts.
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