Stanley Cup: post-series review

So that’s it, the hockey’s done for another year and the Anaheim Ducks are champions. I was actually supporting Ottawa as a Canadian and Eastern Conference team, but overall Anaheim deserved the series win. I think it was after the first game that I said Anaheim would win in 5 games, so at least I was right.

I think people tended to exaggerate the diffence between the teams 5 on 5 – Anaheim were better, but Ottawa did dominate at times within games, just usually without actually scoring. Last night’s game it was obvious things weren’t going to go Ottawa’s way when you think about the luck that all went the Ducks’ way. That second-period ‘Moen’ goal! – that has gotta come up on a ‘what happened next?’ quiz!

I saw a bit of Ottawa against New Jersey and Buffalo. In the final they never looked like the same team. Last night they were losing all the battles in the corners and it was Anaheim stopping Ottawa through the neutral zone instead of the other way round. I remeber a Ducks player challanged for the puck behind the Ottawa goal and being able to retain possession. That is just not good enough.

One of the thing that this means is that the matches in London at the end of September involve the Stanley Cup champions (against Los Angeles). The matches are sold out and I’d really love to go. They had a ‘Goal of the Season’ competition to win tickets but they picked the wrong goals, only one of their selections matched mine.

At the end of the programme last night the presenter said, “And next we’ve got an extra treat for you with highlights of the 2001 final between Colorado and New Jersey.” I  thought, “Is that supposed to be some kind of sick joke!?” It was bad enough watching that back in 2001, I don’t want to watch it again. They should have put on highlights of the 2000 series, which was a classic. I remember I got to bed at about 6.30 and then got up at 7.30 to go to school.

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~ by yorksdevil on June 7, 2007.

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