Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Ducks rally to take Game 1

2007 Stanley Cup Final - Game 1
Ducks 3, Senators 2
Anaheim leads series 1-0
"We kept the puck in their end for about 2 1/2 minutes and I don't think we looked back after that."
If the hordes of people picking the Senators to win this series were sceptical over the impact Anaheim's checking line would have, I'm guessing that changed when Travis Moen potted the winner tonight.

Unlike most checking types, this trio can play 20 minutes a night and contribute at both ends, something they've done all postseason so far.

3 Comments:

At 9:53 AM, May 29, 2007, Anonymous Anshu said...

Full credit to the Ducks checkers as they played well, were aggressive on the forecheck and played the body all night. Solid effort from them, no question.

But I think Spezza had it right when he said it wasn't so much what the Ducks did right, but more about what the Sens did wrong.

Its been a long time since we've Spezza make those brutal drop back passes that lead to odd-man rushes the other way. I thought Murray cured him of this particular ailment, but Spezza had about half a dozen brain cramps last night, even when not being pressured to move the puck.

I'll reserve judgement on the effectiveness of the Ducks checking line until Game 2, when I expect the Sens to be playing more of the game they've played all playoffs.

 
At 11:51 AM, May 29, 2007, Blogger Daniel said...

One or two bad brain cramps would be caused by a player just making a mental error. If you say six, that seems more like him being more aware of whats in his face, making bad decisions because he was rushed. But yes, let us wait until game two, that will clear things up.

You could also wait until game three at home when you get the last change.

 
At 12:46 PM, May 30, 2007, Anonymous pete said...

You could also wait until game three at home when you get the last change.

Game Three?

If these things are still happening by then, it's over. It shouldn't take a 3-0 series deficit to convince you the game plan isn't working.

 

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