Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Ducks eliminate Wings

2007 Western Conference Final - Game 6
Ducks 4, Red Wings 2
Anaheim wins series 4-2
"When Kronwall got hurt in Dallas, I almost threw up on the bench. Just because I thought you lose a marquee D man like that at playoff time, how do you overcome that? When we lost Schneider in game 3 of the San Jose series, you're saying to yourself, how the heck is this going to work? And I thought our guys battled and competed hard. There's not too many teams that could lose Schneider and Kronwall and be here and continue to play well and represent the league like our guys did."
And now we wait.

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At 10:10 a.m., May 23, 2007, Anonymous snafu said...

This really hasn't gotten the attention it should have from the media or certainly, most fans. James however did cite it as a factor to choose the Ducks to take this series. Take any team in the NHL, and then take away their #3 and #2 defensemen, respectively, as you advance in the playoffs, and see if they fare. It probably would not be pretty.

I personally cannot believe how well the Wings did do overall. I'm pleased beyond all expectations with this team's performance.

At 10:33 a.m., May 23, 2007, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

Eh. Imjuries happen. The Wings deliberately made themselves an old team, where you have to expect that they are going to crop up. I think that playing the injury card is a shame.

He, we lost to a good team, and we went out fighting. Nothing wrong with that. Congratulations to the Ducks, and let's remember how well this season went.

At 1:37 p.m., May 23, 2007, Blogger Jeremy said...

Is anyone else finding CBC's Hockey Night Online coverage interesting? There are long segments with no interviews, no commercials; just someone wandering around the arena with a handheld camera, so you can see players wandering around looking nervous, listen to what's being said over the PA, etc.

Before this game, they captured some pre-game banter in the Ducks dressing room as they were getting psyched up (11-minutes in):

Unidentified Player: C’mon boys, c’mon here
Drew Miller: Better f*ckin’ team in here
Better f*ckin’ team
Younger, faster, stronger...better lookin’
Ryan Getzlaf: Yah Bone!
Drew Miller: Way more kills.
Ryan Getzlaf: Yeah we do. No thanks to you, but...

Pretty funny. I think it's Drew Miller in the corner, and Getzlaf's dig on the occasional fourth-liner would make sense. Sitting between them, Pronger and Marchant look disinterested, maybe even irritated. We never get to see this stuff -- little glimpses into the dynamic of the room, like a spycam.

At 3:43 p.m., May 23, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

When I click that pre game banter link I get

"Sorry, this file can only be viewed within Canada."


At 6:04 p.m., May 23, 2007, Blogger Jeremy said...

Sorry, I had the same disappointing experience in LA last week...I should have remembered that and included a warning. Frustrating...

At 6:51 p.m., May 23, 2007, Anonymous snafu said...

J. Michael, I think you're missing the point. No one is playing the injury card, and no one is taking anything away from the Ducks. Kronwall is almost half Cheli's age, so I'm not sure where you were going with the age comment. Schneider also broke a wrist, something not necessarily associated with old age (e.g., like certain famous groins).

The POINT was that a team lost it's #2 and 3 defensemen, both of whom typically play 22-25 minutes per game. The thought experiment was to take any team in the league and assess their play if you take the same guys off their roster.

That said, I was pleasantly surprised by the Wings' performance. I certainly never expected as much from this group against the Sharks and Flames for starters, so no complaints here about that.


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