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from Marcia C. Smith of the OC Register,
Hockey – follow us closely – is generally played in the less tanned regions of the world where people drink Molson, hunt moose and survive inhumane sub-70-degree winters that make roads, sidewalks and the surfaces of frozen-over ponds dangerously slippery and cold.
Ottawa, the capital of Canada, has embraced hockey, along with Celine Dion worship, even though the Senators have been an NHL franchise since only 1992….
Since 1993, the Anaheim Ducks have forsaken the Southern California beach culture to convert Orange County into parka-wearing fans of this boxing-on-blades sport.
They play atop a 1¼-inch sheet of man-made ice cooled to 18 degrees, inside a giant marble and glass icebox formerly named The Pond.
Despite their webbed feet, the Ducks skate on blades of steel sharp enough to cut a ripe tomato. They wield long, slender sticks made of graphite and wood.
from Kevin Dupont at MSNBC,
Like I say, pretty country, full of nice folks, and there’s a lot to like about the Ottawa Senators, this year’s Canadian entry in the Stanley Cup finals.
I just happen to like the Ducks more — like 4 games to 2 more. That’s right, Ducks in six games, leaving the USA with a somewhat unholy trinity of Lightning, Hurricanes and Ducks as the NHL’s last three Cup champions.
You know, if the Panthers finish off with a grand slam in the spring of ‘08, it might be time to consider selling one of the six remaining Canadian franchises and shipping it south.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
If the Senators’ trio of Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza can continue to shred defences with the same efficiency as they have in the first three rounds of the playoffs, Ottawa will win.
If the Ducks’ defensive duo of Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer can find a way of shutting them down, Anaheim will win.
Fundamentally, it really can be as simple as that.
from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
As sure as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, you’re going to hear a tale of woe about the 2007 Stanley Cup Final because “big market” teams aren’t competing.
Hockey fans will be watching and we’re going to see some of the NHL’s best players vying for the Cup. The excellence of competition goes well beyond the name of the city a team calls home. It’s too bad that elementary lesson is lost so quickly.
OTTAWA, May 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Clinical researchers at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute announced today a number of unique findings relevant to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The range and relevance of Heart Institute research is well known in Canada and abroad, but many will be surprised to learn of some of the startling, recent discoveries that have emerged as a result of focused studies by a number of the UOHI researchers.
“In a carefully considered survey of large numbers of our patients we observed quite specific evidence that supporters of the Ottawa Senators had greater cardiac capacity - ‘big hearts’ in lay terms - than did those who expressed a preference for other, lesser quality NHL teams,” noted Dr. W.E. “Will” Win. “This suggests that the endurance and tenacity of Senators fans are clearly unequalled among those with less discriminating hockey tastes.” Almost universally, Heart Institute research shows that Senators’ supporters reported lower levels of spectator anxiety, greater levels of confidence, and a more refined appreciation of skill-based hockey than those who indicated their support for ‘other’ unidentifiable teams.
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
And so it begins. Endgame. The glorious battle set in motion. On one side, a warrior, a gladiator - a Senator. On the other, uh… a Duck.
The two best teams face off for the rights to Lord Stanley’s Cup. The right to hoist it aloft. The right to drink champagne from its bowl. The right to take it home, share it with friends and family, dress it up in women’s clothing and refer to it as Penelope, sweet sweet Penelope.
I am looking for your pics and videos. Let’s start the party!
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators coach stopped short of accusing goalie J.S. Giguere of wearing illegal equipment, but confirmed he’s already asked the NHL’s pad police if the Anaheim Ducks’ goalie is complying with the league’s tight restrictions. The Senators will open the Stanley Cup final Monday in Anaheim.
“It’s got to be illegal,” said Murray with a laugh. “It’s legal, I know that. I was there, it’s questioned all the time. It’s measured all the time and it was approved all the time. But, he does wear it well doesn’t he?”
friom the CP via Metro News,
The Ottawa Senators send the best line in the playoffs against the NHL’s best trio of defencemen when they face the Anaheim Ducks in the Stanley Cup final.
Game 1 goes Monday night in Anaheim (8 p.m. ET). Centre Jason Spezza and wingers Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley have been the best line in the playoffs, combining for 23 goals and 58 points in 15 games.
The Ducks counter with Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer and Francois Beauchemin at the blue-line, who have each averaged more than 30 minutes of ice time per game in the post-season.
added 7:22pm, from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
The 2007 Stanley Cup finals pairs a juggernaut with few discernible flaws with a could-be juggernaut with a penchant for self-destruction. In other words, the clash between the Ottawa Senators and the Anaheim Ducks has all the makings of a classic. That is, unless the Ducks lose their collective minds, which they have shown the ability to do, and the Senators have their way with them.
At the start of the regular season, there were many who believed Anaheim was capable of arriving at just this point—the Stanley Cup finals. Not so many thought the Ottawa Senators would get here. But how the teams arrived here has dramatically changed the perception of both heading into the finals.
from the Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Since the modern Senators are only 15 years old, however, it’s not quite waxing nostaligic.
It’s more about looking back and marvelling at how the Sens landed their franchise in the first place.
And probably how they didn’t deserve to. I’ll never forget being there on Dec. 6, 1990 at the plush Breaker’s Hotel in West Palm Beach as then NHL president John Ziegler sat at a press conference with Bruce Firestone of Ottawa on one side and Phil Esposito of the successful Tampa bidder on the other, announcing the NHL’s two newest teams.
added 5:00pm, for a look back at the old Senators, turn to Legends of Hockey!
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