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Just Like Brothers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Then Scott handed it to brother Rob.
As the Cup, the first ever won by an NHL West Coast team, was passed from player to player here last night, every touch became a story.
The Niedermayers became the first brothers since Brent and Duane Sutter in 1983 to win it together.
The winner of everything there is to win in hockey, from Olympic gold to world championships, World Juniors, Canada Cups and World Cups, Scott Niedermayer won something he’s never won before - the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP this night.

read on

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Just Couldn’t Get It Going

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Jason Spezza’s magic touch defied him at the worst possible time.
In the biggest playoff series of them all. In the most crucial game. In the delicate moments.
“Obviously, I wish I could have done more and been a better player than I was,” Spezza said after Ottawa’s 6-2 dream-ending loss to the Anaheim at the Honda Center last night. “I just couldn’t get it going in the finals.”

continued

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Ducks Humiliate Ottawa

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from The Maven,

The Senators skated down the left alley, the right alley and center ice. Wherever they skated, they got beaten, first physically and then mentally.
So, here’s a congratulatory QUACK-QUACK for the new champs. From Nieder to Nieder; Carlyle to Burke; they deserve everything they got.
As for those imposters from North of the border, well, they can still go around telling people that they invented hockey.
But I’m beginning to think that that’s as much a myth as the Ottawa Senators as champions!

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They Won The Old-Fashion Way

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Ducks were by far the better team Wednesday, as they were for most of this series. They’re not from a “traditional” hockey city, but they won this series the old-fashioned way: They outworked the Senators, played stouter defense and got goaltending that was far superior to anything the Eastern Conference champions could muster.
They played for each other, covered for each other and, when it was over, exulted for each other, surrounding goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere in a squirming pile of humanity. The standing-room-only crowd of 17,372 at the Honda Center, as lively as any that ever filled the arena of an Original Six team, roared while streamers dropped from the rafters and championship hats appeared on players’ heads as if by magic.

read on (reg. req.)

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Stanley Finds Selanne

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from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

At 36, on a Wednesday night in June, it found him.
He knelt between the circles with his parents and his wife and children and brothers, all huddled around Stanley.
Selanne has the Cup. And he is not on anybody’s checking line. He scored 46 goals this season.
He flipped in the backhander that airmailed Dominik Hasek and topped the water bottle in Detroit, reversing the Western finals.
In Ottawa on Monday he made the same instinctive, explosive play that has made him everything he is, getting free and hitting Dustin Penner for the winner that set up Game 5.
That’s when the Ducks, relentless finishers throughout, routed the Senators, 6-2, to bring the Cup to California for the first time.

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Forget Anaheim, Think Vancouver

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from Bob Duff at MSNBC,

With the right amount of tweaking over the summer to add a little offensive depth, the Canucks will be Stanley Cup champions next spring.
While Anaheim remains a young team with an outstanding core and future, it’s difficult to envision the Ducks winning two Cups in a row after enduring the grind of playing deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second year in a row.

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Some Hockey Talk - Listen In

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The guys at Blueline Hockey Talk Radio have put up their Stanley Cup Review podcast already, breaking down the series.

If you want to listen to some talk about the finals, check it out.

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Stanley Cup Winner an Eye-Opener

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Scott Burnside at ESPN,

A championship like this one answers many questions.
Can a team still succeed in the new NHL playing old-fashioned, face-against-the-glass hockey? Yes. Provided you throw more than a healthy does of talent and speed into the stew. This win isn’t a step back for the league, but it is an eye-opener of sorts.

more…

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Anaheim Ducks.com

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Anyone who has been trying to access the Ducks official website tonight will notice the same thing we did - a total crash of the servers. Since the game ended, I’ve had no luck till now.  It’s loading slowly still on occasion, but the main page seems to be back in order.  Unfortunately the internal links keep running into problems.

Hopefully they’ll put up some interesting new content about the team and fan celebrations in the coming hours.

Update 1:00 am ET
Seems to be working fine for a lot of people now.

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Ducks Know How to Celebrate

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Nick Mendola at WGR 550 Radio,

That said, how could you not love watching the Anaheim Ducks post-game celebration? Even if you throw out the fact that they soundly-whipped the hated Senators, there were so many emotional moments that you have to figure non-hockey fans waiting for their evening news on NBC had to wonder what the heck was going on.
It was all gravy:
— Scott Niedermayer passing the trophy to his younger brother, Rob, whom he defeated in the 2003 Finals, although it would’ve been funnier if he kept fake handing it over to him. If you really think about it, it’s the Big Brother’s code.
— J.S. Giguere’s wife and infant son celebrating — can an infant celebrate? —with the goaltender just weeks removed from the fear that their child would be completely blind (Maxime Giguere was born with a deformed right eye, but his left eye is healthy).

continued… *more stories of post-game celebrations in Anaheim

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