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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 Poynter Online,
As the Stanley Cup finals began Monday in Ottawa between the Ottawa Senators and the Anaheim Ducks (Quick, could someone please tell the mainstream media?!), hockey folks find themselves stuck in that tired just-who-is-a-journalist argument again.
For a professional sport that often has to go begging for coverage, blogs should be a godsend.
from the Universal Cynic, the blog of freelance writer Erin Nicks,
Here’s a synopsis of last week’s events: I was told by my editor at Sun Media that accreditations for the Finals would be extremely hard to come by (hardly a surprising revelation). Traditionally, accreditation request forms have a set number of spots. Sun Media had already accounted for all spots in Anaheim and Ottawa—which I was fully expecting. After all, they had to tend to their employees first, whereas I am a contracted writer.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Stewart Valley, Saskatchewan, was a one-elevator town until they tore it down. Now it’s a one horse town.
That horse, however, is Travis Moen. And today he’s the toast of the town.
“In Stewart Valley, they’re jumping around right now,” said Regina native Ryan Getzlaf.
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
Now that’s what I call hockey!
You can debate all you want about the way NHL hockey is played these days, with a greater emphasis on skill over obstruction, but you’d have to go a long way to find a better game than the opening tilt of the 2007 Stanley Cup final.
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 The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
It was pointed out during a media welcome party last night held by the NHL that, at least from a media point of view, the Stanley Cup final is starting to look a lot like the Grey Cup.
Mostly Canadian media, and many of the same faces….
Doesn’t this seem a little weird to anybody? I mean, this is distant California, not Alberta or even a border state. It’s sort of the reverse juice to that which we’ve all grown up with in Canada, namely the overwhelming presence of U.S. media and culture. In this Stanley Cup final, however, NBC won’t even be showing up until Game 3.
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 Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
These fans, part of the Ducks’ 32nd consecutive sellout crowd, cared that the Ducks improved their home playoff record to 8-2. The players sensed it and fed off it and loved it.
“We’ve been taking some heat, especially from the Canadian media, about what the crowds are like here,” Ducks defenseman Sean O’Donnell said, “and I think anyone that was in the building, whether the home team or not, felt the chills in there.”
That’s chills as in spine-tingling, not as in cold shoulder.
“They were really into it,” Giguere said of the fans. “The people that are here right now are knowledgeable. They love the game. The price they pay for a ticket, they’d better like the game.
“It puts you into the game and it’s exciting. It really helps you when they’re for you, that’s for sure.”
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