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from the AP via the NY Post,
“Knowing the intensity and the atmosphere that’s created in Canadian cities with the culture of the game, we thought it was in our best interests that we moved and got away from downtown,” coach Randy Carlyle said. “We think it’s time to focus. We can sacrifice our interaction with the public and focus on the task at hand.”
In other words, this is a business trip for a determined Anaheim team that holds a 2-0 lead over the Senators in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup finals, which resume at Ottawa on Saturday night.
The resort - about a 30-minute drive from Scotiabank Place - also happens to have its share of good luck. It’s the same place the New Jersey Devils stayed when they eliminated Ottawa in seven games in the 2003 Eastern Conference finals.
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
Somehow, in the wake of these two games, the space between these two teams seems much, much greater than the difference on the score sheet.
With all excuses about a long layoff and poor officiating stripped away in Game 2, the Senators were once again outmatched in every meaningful element of the game.
Outhit, outworked, outchanced and outshot. They keep this up and it’ll soon just be “out.”
frm Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
The old cliché is that you haven’t lost a playoff series until you’ve lost a game at home.
It seems a little weak if you apply it to the Stanley Cup final between the Anaheim Ducks and the Ottawa Senators.
Given the way the Ducks are beating the Ottawa Senators, one could argue that even if the Sens don’t lose a game at home in this best-of-seven affair they still don’t win the Stanley Cup.
The Ducks aren’t just good at home, they are outstanding.
from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,
But what about a nickname for the line? Don’t Pahlsson, R. Niedermayer and Moen deserve one now?
Hmmm. How about “Crash, Bang and Boom”?
Or how about “The Swede, The Farmboy and The Other Brother”? (Pahlsson obviously is the Scandinavian, Moen is the farmer who spends his summer working on the family’s 3,500-acre cattle and grain ranch in Saskatchewan and Rob Niedermayer is often overshadowed by brother Scott, the Norris Trophy winner and captain of the Ducks.)
Or how about “The Plowboys?”
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
Let’s see, if Ottawa’s Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson are supposed to be the best line in the NHL, and they are being thoroughly outplayed by Samuel Pahlsson, Rob Niedermayer and Travis Moen, doesn’t that make the Anaheim trio the best line in the league?
If you missed the game and want to catch the highlights…
From Press Telegram,
Jean-Sebastien Giguere won the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the playoff MVP, in 2003, but the honor felt a little hollow because New Jersey, not the Ducks, lifted the Stanley Cup.
Now, Giguere seems on the verge of celebrating with both pieces of hockey hardware.
In a tense, tight-checking game, Giguere made 16 saves Wednesday for his first shutout of these playoffs as the Ducks earned a 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
From Rob Brodie at the Ottawa Sun,
Scotiabank Place is bracing itself for the biggest crush of television personnel the building has likely ever seen.
“It’s crazy out here,” Jim Steel, the Senators’ VP of broadcasting, said yesterday during a break from preparations for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final on Saturday night.
It’s the first Cup final game in Ottawa in 80 years, and the Sens’ home rink will house TV signals that beam the games, via NHL International, to more than 160 countries around the world.
Ducks score a late goal and win 1-0.
We haven’t seen the free-wheeling Ottawa team yet. Maybe it will be different at home.
Watch the post game press interviews…
Q. Randy, with the salary cap, are we going to see a lot of parity, lot of different teams in the Stanley Cup Finals, like the Super Bowl, you have different teams every year?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: Well, I think that the distribution of the talent was very evident in the regular season this year for sure. If you look at the number of teams that were able to achieve 100 points, you look at the competitiveness to make the playoffs, teams 1 through 8, both divisions, were very, very tightly grouped.
And I think that’s closer to the norm. And part of that reason is the salary cap, and people are somewhat on a level playing field by the structure of it.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
All signs point to Bob Murray being hired as Blue Jackets general manager, but an announcement probably will have to wait until after the Stanley Cup Finals.
Several NHL sources told The Dispatch yesterday that Murray, vice president of hockey operations for the Anaheim Ducks, is considered the leading candidate among the four who will be granted second interviews with club president Mike Priest and majority owner John H. McConnell.
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