Thursday, June 7, 2007

Mighty Ducks headed to Disney Land

Despite the fact that Daniel Alfredsson stepped up to the plate in game 5 for the Ottawa Senators it wasn't enough as the Anaheim Ducks rolled overtop of the Sens last night to win their first Stanley Cup.

Last Nights Recap:

Ottawa Senators 2 (1) at Anaheim Ducks 6 (4) : The no longer Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are now mighty again. They completely dominated the Ottawa Senators from the first drop of the puck last night and only Daniel Alfredsson seemed to show up for the Sens in game 5. The game of hockey breaks down into some fairly basic pieces, scoring, checking, defense and goal tending. Ottawa was beaten in all 4 areas in this series. J.S. Giguere downright outplayed Ray Emery (as expected) and the defensive core of Anaheim completely outclassed the Senators blue line corps. Wade Redden in particular was ineffective in the final round. Andy McDonald, Teemu Selanne and the rest of the scoring forwards for Anaheim soundly out performed the Senators scoring lines and except for standout Daniel Alfredsson the vaunted scoring touch that Ottawa displayed all season long disappeared against Anaheim. That is a strong testament to the power of the Ducks checking line. Travis Moen, Rob Niedermayer and Sammy Pahlsson completely dominated Ottawa's top line by both holding them off the score sheet and directly outscoring them.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

2007 NHL Playoffs Recap and Video Highlights - June 6th

Work has been insane as of late, we had a bunch of layoffs and I have been busy trying to survive that and then pick up the slack from all the workers we no longer have. Good thing that tonight will be the last game in the NHL for a few months.

Last Game Recap:

Anaheim Ducks 3 (3) at Ottawa Senators 2 (1) : The Senators came out in the first period in a dominating fashion and pretty much carried the play for the entire period. With Chris Pronger out of the Ducks lineup it looked like Ottawa was poised to even up the series with a first period flurry. Apparently J.S. Giguere didn't get the memo and he ensured that the Senators got very little for their superior effort. Ottawa managed to squeak a goal in with only 3 seconds left in the first but came out in the second as a completely different team. The second period was all Anaheim as they pushed the Sens all over the ice prompting Daniel Alfredsson to take a cheap shot at Scott Niedermayer at the end of the second period. The fact that Ottawa was tied after a lackluster effort was a surprise, the end result of the game was not. Ray Emery was shaky behind an almost completely absent defense and the Ducks took a stranglehold on the series with the win.

Tonights Game :

The Anaheim Ducks get their shot at the Stanley Cup tonight at home and with Chris Pronger back in the lineup you have to think that Ottawa is heading to the golf course. Ottawa's top line will certainly show up tonight in an effort to make a series out of it but I can't see them getting any more chances than they had in game 4. Andy McDonald has been a force in the Stanley Cup Final and he will continue that tonight with another stellar effort as the Anaheim Ducks take the Cup in convincing fashion with a 5-3 win.