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from Roy MacGregor at the Globe and Mail,
They have no nickname — Ducks, surely, is bad enough — but Bruce Hood says he couldn’t stop thinking that, somehow, the Broad Street Bullies were back in the Stanley Cup final.
Not the Ottawa Senators versus the Anaheim Ducks, as advertised. But the 2007 Ottawa Senators up against the Philadelphia Flyers, circa mid-1970s.
Hood is not as lost in time as it might appear. Something happened to the “new NHL” on Monday during Anaheim’s 3-2 victory. It became the “old NHL.” Or the “new new NHL,” where obstruction appears to have been welcomed back.
Q. Bryan, other teams in these playoffs have talked about maybe the Ducks’ extra hacking and whacking at the goal on plays in front of the net and whatsoever. How much do you think - is that maybe them crossing the line at all? How much do you think - are you going to maybe voice that with Colin?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: I think everybody sees what - I don’t have to say one word to anybody, really. I am. I have. But I don’t have to, because every time I talk to one of the league officials they’ve seen it and it’s a matter of application.
And I’m not sure if they do or not. I think there were a couple times last night where Ray Emery had the puck covered and there were two or three extra hacks at him.
But I asked one of the officials one comment, and he told me to go stand behind the bench. So it’s very hard for me to do anything other than be the guy behind the bench standing there and hope that somebody recognizes that there are levels that we’ve been told you play at, and it’s called accordingly.
But I can’t answer for the officials.
Q. Ray, having a night to sleep on last night’s game, do you feel like maybe you’re not quite as far off as the 3-2 final score and maybe you guys are right there with these guys and maybe just a couple adjustments and you’ll be back in?
RAY EMERY: Yeah, that’s what I thought last night. We made a lot of mistakes. And definitely it didn’t play our type of game. And still gave ourselves a chance to win and still - in most cases when we have a lead going in the third we do win.
So if we correct even some of the mistakes, we’re looking pretty good. But we want to definitely correct a lot of those mistakes and we’re not short of confidence. If we correct those mistakes, we’re going to come out on top.
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.
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