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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.
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 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.
Q. Any lineup changes, injuries, anything like that for tonight?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: We’ll make those decisions as the day goes on. We think that we have some interchangeable parts. And as we go forward, there’s some people that have been in and out and we have some youth sitting on the sidelines, so we’ll make that decision as we go into the rest of the day. It’s not set yet.
An open post today, asking your views on the game tonight.
Also interested in any superstitions you will bring out tonight to guarantee a victory, for either team!
added 11:10am, We Just Want One Bounce, my NHL.com blog today…
from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,
The difference in this series is 3-2, but it’s closer than that. The glare of a shiny Cup is adding to the distemper.
“We believe we’re in control,” said Babcock, arching his back from the wall. “It’s time to put our best foot forward. We’re not going away easily. Actually, we’re not going away.”
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Ducks players were shrugging off comments Hull, now a hockey analyst with NBC, made during Anaheim’s 2-1 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings Sunday. The Ducks lead the Western Conference final 3-2 and can advance to the Stanley Cup final by beating the Red Wings in Tuesday’s Game 6 (CBC, 9 p.m.) in Anaheim.
“If I was Detroit, I would not be worried about being down 3-2, because they dominated,” Hull said on air after the game. “They can go in and win (Game 6) and come home and win Game 7.”
Anaheim defenceman Chris Pronger, who also isn’t shy about speaking his mind to the media, shook his head when asked about Hull’s prediction.
Q. Coach, was there any question in your mind about when to pull Giguere at the end of the game?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: I guess there’s always a question of when. We just felt that with the face-off and a power play and almost a full two minutes to utilize, it would be the best time to do it.
And as I stated last night, if it works it’s a good move. If it doesn’t work, then you’re open for criticism. But that holds true with a lot of decisions you make as a coach. And that’s just part of the job. And sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
Last night it did.
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