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From Nick Mendola at WGR 550 Radio,
That said, how could you not love watching the Anaheim Ducks post-game celebration? Even if you throw out the fact that they soundly-whipped the hated Senators, there were so many emotional moments that you have to figure non-hockey fans waiting for their evening news on NBC had to wonder what the heck was going on.
It was all gravy:
— Scott Niedermayer passing the trophy to his younger brother, Rob, whom he defeated in the 2003 Finals, although it would’ve been funnier if he kept fake handing it over to him. If you really think about it, it’s the Big Brother’s code.
— J.S. Giguere’s wife and infant son celebrating — can an infant celebrate? —with the goaltender just weeks removed from the fear that their child would be completely blind (Maxime Giguere was born with a deformed right eye, but his left eye is healthy).
continued… *more stories of post-game celebrations in Anaheim
from David Naylor of the Globe and Mail,
The Ottawa Senators believe that defence wins championships.
In the moments after they lost 6-2 in the fifth game of the National Hockey League championship series last night, the Senators isolated Anaheim’s ability to prevent scoring chances throughout the series as the reason the Stanley Cup is going to California.
“They were more defensive than we thought they were,” Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson said. “We worked hard, but we gave them too many easy goals in this series and they were better defensively.”
From Neil Stevens at CP via CBC,
The Stanley Cup rests among the palm trees and surfboards of southern California.
Travis Moen got credit for two goals and Andy McDonald, Rob Niedermayer, Francois Beauchemin and Corey Perry supplied one each in a 6-2 Anaheim Ducks victory over the Ottawa Senators that closed out the NHL’s championship series in five games. Daniel Alfredsson scored both Senators goals.
The Ducks went all the way because they had the greatest depth of talent. No luck was involved.
Conn Smythe winner, Scott Niedermayer of the Anaheim Ducks:
Photo credit: CP
You can find more up-to-the-minute photos of the celebrating in Anaheim in the Yahoo photo collection of Getty Images.
For some reason, the NBC did not televise the singing of the national anthems tonight. Which was a shame, because the Anaheim crowd contributed a heartfelt verse to the American anthem, something most often seen with Canadian crowds.
Well done, Anaheim!
Note: Watch the Post-Game Press Conference, shortly after the game.
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I read Adam Rose’s interview with Helene Elliot and she points out something rather interesting. The Ducks of Anaheim of California of the United States have been to the Finals twice in the last 4 years. The Los Angeles Kings have been only once in their 39 year existence. So while Kings fans get to sit in the glitzy Staples Center, they are forced to swallow crap hockey while their division rival down the road tears up the league.
I’m thinking there might be an element of jealousy here from folks outside of Anaheim who would normally be casual Kings fans. The result: complete and utter apathy towards their neighbor’s success.
But you know what LA, tonight could be a very special night for your fair city.
more...while there, make sure to read the Helene Elliott interview too…
Q. First off, here you are one game away from laying claim to the Cup. What do you expect from the Sens? They played some great hockey and they’ve played some not so great hockey. Is there a sense if they played their best hockey for three periods that you would have to match their intensity?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: Again, your expectations are that when you play in the Stanley Cup Final, your opposition is going to be desperate. And we know that we’re going to have to play our best game.
We respect the opposition. They’re an excellent hockey club. We know that they’re quite capable, and they’ve proven to us in this series, for stretches, that they can dominate us.
So it’s important that we don’t lose the focus and we have to even create more focus for our group. We think that we have a certain style that we have to play to that we can be effective. But we know that they’re a hockey club that will play their best game in the series.
from Scotty Bowman at NBC Sports,
The Ducks are one win from the Stanley Cup. When you get down to needing one to win, it’s all the outside stuff that you need to shut out. You’ve got a lot of good-meaning people, friends and relatives who are planning the Stanley Cup party, but they’re not the ones on the ice. So it works two ways, it puts pressure, but it provides motivation for them to finish it
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
With one more victory over Ottawa the Anaheim Ducks would append an NHL championship to general manager Brian Burke’s résumé.
It would also add to Burke’s image as one of the league’s most fascinating figures - a silver-haired, erudite, Ivy League-educated, frequently brusque, seldom-smiling man of contradictions who shows little of himself to the public.
“The private side of Brian Burke is private,” Burke said in Ottawa this week. “My family sees (that), my friends see that. But I’m not interested in you guys understanding me.”
One thing is clear: Burke’s passionate belief in letting players self-police the game. It’s more typical of an old-school hockey man from Alberta than of an American with a Harvard law degree.
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