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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!
from Stats Blog,
Since the beginning of Anaheim’s 2003 run to the finals, no two teams have more playoff wins than the Ducks and Senators.
Most Wins in Stanley Cup Playoffs, 2003-2007 Playoffs
Ana. . . .36
Ott. . . .31
NJ. . . . 27
TB. . . . 24
SJ. . . . 22
more on the matchup…
from the CP via TSN,
Rick Bowness had to live through the lean years. Jacques Martin put up with his teams being called underachievers.
Both former Senators head coaches say they’re happy for their old team reaching a first-ever Stanley Cup final.
“I’m ecstatic for the team and the city and I hope they do well,” Bowness, the team’s first coach, said Wednesday.
from Chris Stevens of the Midland Daily News,
Fans in Canada, knock yourselves out. You’ll be right there, watching every second of the Senators’ games. Hockey is in your blood.
For 99.8 percent of Americans, the season ended last night when the Red Wings were eliminated.
Maybe the Red Wings should play the Buffalo Sabres in an alternate Cup series. That actually has some intrigue.
But the Ducks vs. the Senators?
Another writer and probably not the last who cannot appreciate the game itself. I have a feeling many more MSM types will take the easy road and blast the finals too.
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
If the Senators are going to win a Stanley Cup, they are going to have to step over the body of a Norris Trophy winner to do it.
Not that that should intimidate them.
So far, the Senators have beaten arguably the best player in hockey (Sidney Crosby of the Penguins), arguably the best goaltender (Martin Brodeur of the Devils) and the best team in the regular season, the Sabres.
So, why not the game’s best defenceman, too?
from the Ottawa Citizen,
“I’ll read the paper when the game is too stressful,” she says, “Especially when the other team gets the goals first. Some nights, the paper is well-read.”
For Rhoda, watching a game involving either of her sons now coaching in the NHL—Terry, the seventh of her 10 children, is an assistant coach, pacing behind the Philadelphia Flyers’ bench—is an exercise in high anxiety. But when the Senators win, as they’ve been doing lately, she can get pretty excited.
“I phoned Bryan on Sunday and told him, ‘I jumped right to the ceiling after you got the goal.’
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