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from the Christian Science Monitor,
No matter which hockey club embraces the Stanley Cup – and there could be trophy-hugs as early as Wednesday night – one particular breed of fan is more than likely to crack a broken-toothed smile: the Canadian one.
While the Senators of Ottawa could become the first Canadian team since the Canadiens of Montreal in 1993 to win the Cup, the Ducks of Anaheim have more Canadians on the roster – 18 – than any other National Hockey League team. And the Ducks have, with the help of the Sens, rejuvenated the so-called “North American” – really Canadian – style of play: heavy-hitting, intimidating, and opportunistic.
Now the series shifts back to Hockeyville, California for Game 5 on Wednesday. Should the Ducks pull off a series clinching victory, the Stanley Cup will be on hand and polished up like George Hamilton. I’m telling you Anaheim, this is a big deal. This is possibly bigger than Jesus. I know such claims were the kiss of death for the Beatles, but at this point the NHL could use some blasphemy. Satanists, welcome to the Coolest Game on Earth. Buy our merch. You might be interested in the New Jersey store.
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from SportsYa (Spain),
Todd Marchant assisted on Andy McDonald. The latter made use of his ability to avoid defense, and he swoop over goaltender Ray Emery. Some minutes later, along came Anaheim’s second score.
Over a speedy attack, and after receiving Rob Niedermayer’s service, McDonald played up on an rival defender, nailing Emery. After that, the Californians twisted the board.
from The Maven,
So, now we’ll really see if there’s any guts in that Senators dressing room and that includes whining-pewling coach Bryan Murray.
We’ll see how that conniving captain Alfredsson behaves on the foreign rink when—I hope, I hope, I HOPE—he’s confronted dead-on by the princely Pronger.
And, of course, we’ll learn whether Jason Spezza wins his Rip Van Winkle audition which, so far, has gone so well for him—but not for the Senators.
more and anyone know why such hate for the Senators from Stan?
from the Buffalo News,
They stood 180 feet apart Monday night, but let’s just call it 3,000 miles. That was the distance separating Anaheim Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere from Ottawa Senators netminder Ray Emery when the postseason began. The Stanley Cup finals did little to close the gap.
You look at Giguere and see an allworld goalie. He’s 30 years old, calm, unflappable, dependable. You look at Emery and find a guy from another planet, a newbie still finding his way, a mistake waiting to happen. Eventually, for better or worse, every player is exposed in the playoffs.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Pronger said it was tough to watch the game “when you don’t have a say in it, when you can’t really go out and perform in those types of games that are as big as this one was tonight. It was tough and nerve-racking. Certainly, when your team plays as well as they did today and the guys step up.”
What makes Pronger so effective (and what made him attractive to the Ducks) is that blend of skill and menace. If he played any differently, would he still be Chris Pronger?
So last night, the Ducks took to the ice without him. Defenceman Joe DiPenta drew in, but Scott Niedermayer, François Beauchemin and Sean O’Donnell picked up all or most of Pronger’s minutes
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
The Ducks posted their 12th one-goal win and the third of the final in a 3-2 triumph over the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 Monday night. The winner came early in the third period when a Chris Phillips skate problem led to a 2-on-1 that was easily converted by Ducks winger Dustin Penner.
Phillips, whose skate had essentially blown up on the previous shift, lost an edge on his second pair of skates and it forced him to go back to the Senators bench with Teemu Selanne and Penner bearing down with the puck. A surprised Wade Redden had to jump onto the ice to replace Phillips, but couldn’t track Penner down quickly enough. Penner was coming on for Brad May for the Ducks and drove straight to the net.
“I wasn’t expecting to go on,” Redden said, “but still, I have to make a better (expletive) decision.”
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Daniel Alfredsson stopped, aimed and fired in the direction of Scott Niedermayer, missing the defenceman, but possibly killing his Ottawa Senators in the process.
It was a decision he will come to regret over time, if he doesn’t regret it already.
It was a decision that he will lie about and it will become famous over time, when the debate turns to hockey and how the Senators lost the Stanley Cup.
From the CP via CBC,
It might be time to turn out the lights on the Ottawa Senators’ dream season.
Only the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs have ever erased a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup final and these Senators don’t have the look of a team about to join them in the history books. Ottawa thoroughly outplayed Anaheim in the first period of Game 4 on Monday night before going completely flat in a 3-2 loss. “It’s hard to explain,” said forward Mike Fisher. Indeed, none of the Senators seemed to have any explanation for what had just happened.
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