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Canada vs California: a Stanley Cup war of media words. First, here’s Helene Elliott’s comments in the LA Times:
The Canadian media have cast the Senators in the role of Canada’s Team, even though the Ducks have more sons of the True North on their roster than do the Senators. And the label may not even be accurate.
Maple Leafs fans rarely care about anything that happens outside of Toronto, otherwise known as the Center of the Hockey Universe, so their support of the Senators is probably minimal, if it exists at all.”
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To which Cox responds,
This stuff is so utterly idiotic it’s hard to even comment on it, particularly in a U.S. state with a larger population than all of Canada. More to the point, readers of the newspaper must be utterly confused by this silliness, which seems to roughly equate newspapers and television in Canada with state-controlled media from the old Soviet Union, thinking en masse and according to some approved national policy.
Note: For more on Helene Elliott, you can find my interview with her here from two weeks ago
from Lisa Wallace at TSN,
While Senators mania may have started out slowly the city has now jumped in with both feet.
Retail stores are scrambling to keep up with the demand for merchandise, neighbours are outdoing one another with various displays of support and kids are pleading with their parents for later bedtimes in order to catch a glimpse of history.
But perhaps most remarkable is seeing people put aside their cultural differences to celebrate the Senators achievements.
from Scott Morrison at the CBC,
We all know that one game does not make a series, but one game certainly can shake one up.
And that is what the Anaheim Ducks did in the opening game of the Stanley Cup final: Shake things up.
They did it in the truest sense, by physically dominating the Ottawa Senators at times, very long times actually, and they did it by ignoring an early goal by the visitors and then a one-goal deficit entering the final period and arranging an impressive 3-2 victory.
from the Ottawa Sun,
It has become the routine over the past couple of months, a group of about 50 gathering at Billy’s, a bar and restaurant in Straubing, Germany, at 2 a.m.
They gather around the TV set to watch Christoph Schubert and his Ottawa Senators teammates battle for the Stanley Cup.
Call it Hockey Night in Bavaria.
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
The Ducks hammered the Senators, knocked them down, hacked them, pounded them.
The Senators absorbed it all and, to their credit, gave some back, but were clearly overmatched in the Ducks’ 3-2 win.
This is what was expected, right?
Nothing pretty here among the palm trees, no cosmetic enhancements for which L.A. is famous, just hard slogging for the Senators against a big, hard-working team.
The Senators might be perceived as the faster of the two teams, but there were good stretches when they were outplayed at even strength last night by the Western Conference champions
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
The biggest question will be how the Senators respond to what we can only assume will be more of the same physical play from the big, fast and strong Ducks….
The Senators were also guilty of egregious giveaways—the official scorers had the Senators with 14 compared to just five for the Ducks.
“Probably a combination of being off for nine days and just trying to do too much,” Mike Comrie said of the uncharacteristically sloppy play. “I think we played in spurts, but obviously, it wasn’t enough. In the playoffs, you have to have a short memory and we’ll go over video. We’ll look at what we did and we’ll move on.”
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
But there is still that nagging doubt, even though it’s a lot smaller than it used to be, concerning the Senators’ ability to get up off the canvas and deliver a knockout blow.
In every other area, though, they’re the superior team.
There are those who still keep insisting that goaltender Ray Emery is suspect. But there’s almost nothing to choose between the goals-against averages of Emery and Jean-Sebastien Giguere, and unlike Giguere, Emery actually makes some saves.
Giguere, with his inflated padding, simply slides back and forth across the crease like a goalie in a table hockey game and by virtue of his monstrous equipment, leaves the shooter with no view of the net. He’s not a goalie; he’s a human eclipse.
from Terry Jones at the Edmonton Sun,
Either 73-year-old John Muckler has gone senile or his mind has been messed by getting back to the Stanley Cup for the first time in 17 years.
Muckler compared the 2007 Ottawa Senators to the 1990 Edmonton Oilers here yesterday. And if that didn’t do it, he called Daniel Alfredsson the equal of Mark Messier as a leader.
The Oilers won their fifth Stanley Cup in 1990. Muckler was the head coach.
Now he’s GM of the Senators, a team that - at least for the next 10 days or so - has yet to win anything.
from the Vancouver Province,
You can go a mile in any direction of the Honda Center—the Ducks’ home rink—and you’re hard-pressed to find any evidence of the Stanley Cup final.
You can’t go five feet in Ottawa without being reminded the Senators are in that same final.
So it’s a different experience—as different as Queen Elizabeth and Queen Latifah—which might explain why Ducks GM Brian Burke was strangely subdued on Sunday. The table was set for an epic Burke rant and, under different circumstances, he would have obliged the assembled media by howling about the forces conspiring against his team and the lack of respect being shown the Ducks.
But this time, he didn’t have to because just about everyone in the hockey world is doing it for him.
“It’s a Canada-U.S. thing,” Burke said. “A lot of the Canadian media are going to pick the Canadian team. “That’s fine. We’re content to be the underdog in this.”
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
John Ziegler is 73 now, semi-retired in Stuart, Fla., and nearly 17 years removed from that December day in 1990 when it was his task, as president of the National Hockey League, to announce that expansion franchises had been awarded to Tampa Bay and Ottawa.
To many, the two were the shakiest of 30 cities that had expressed interest. To the NHL, however, they were the only two willing to put down the $50-million (U.S.) expansion fee without seeking special terms, no questions asked.
Nor, it turned out, did the NHL ask many questions.
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