Saturday, May 19, 2007

Sens set to play for Stanley

2007 Eastern Conference Final - Game 5
Senators 3, Sabres 2 (OT)
Ottawa wins series 4-1

"It's the biggest goal I've ever scored, no question. It's kind of surreal right now. We worked really hard for this but you never take anything for granted. (Buffalo) had a hell of a year but they ran into us at the wrong time."
"The expectations have been there for a long time for this team. But I don't think we want to be satisfied with where we're at. You work so hard all your life to get to the final and win the Cup. Today was another big step for us. Obviously, the past is the past. It's definitely motivation. You hate hearing those things about the team so we just want to keep going."

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8 Comments:

At 7:48 PM, May 19, 2007, Blogger Doogie said...

And the symmetry is complete. Last year, Alfredsson puts in the weakest defensive effort of the decade on the series winner. This year, Alfredsson scores it.

 
At 11:53 PM, May 19, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

Yea, that was awesome... Oh wait, I didn't get to see it because NBC cut away from OT to show a horse race. AWESOME.

Ottawa is going to win the cup. It doesn't matter who comes out of the west... But that doesn't mean I won't stop cheering for Detroit

 
At 12:34 AM, May 20, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

LOL. I can't believe Ottawa is going to the finals within 15 years of existence and the crappy old Leafs haven't been there in 40 years. ... sigh ...

I think you're right, Nick. Ottawa has to be the heavy favourite in the final. (Although the Tigers were favoured to win the World Series last year...)

 
At 1:44 AM, May 20, 2007, Blogger JavaGeek said...

Ottawa has to be the heavy favorite in the final.

If you assume (based on regular season performance over last 2 years) that the west is about 5% better than the east, then I don't think it's so clear cut.

Both of the possible series slightly favor the west (Detroit: 55%, Anaheim: 53%) due to home ice, goal differential and the fact that Detroit and Anaheim had a tougher schedule and had more points.

 
At 7:51 AM, May 20, 2007, Blogger danielao said...

"Last year, Alfredsson puts in the weakest defensive effort of the decade on the series winner."

You mean Alfredsson AND Redden AND Emery put together the weakest defensive effort of the year? Love how Alfie is STILL being singled out on that goal.

 
At 7:51 AM, May 20, 2007, Blogger Young Gun said...

Do you think Ottawa will go all the way. I wonder if they can beat Anaheim or Detroit.

 
At 11:52 AM, May 20, 2007, Blogger Nick said...

Statistics aside, if you've been watching how Anaheim, Detroit, and Ottawa play the past few series... I don't know how (at this point) you could think anyone else would win it... Now, that's not to say things might change - I didn't think they had it in them at the beginning, but if I had to pick someone right now, I'd pick Ottawa.

We'll find out soon enough anyway, I suppose.

 
At 3:00 AM, May 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

javageek "Both of the possible series slightly favor the west (Detroit: 55%, Anaheim: 53%) due to home ice, goal differential and the fact that Detroit and Anaheim had a tougher schedule and had more points."

What about amount of travel?

Does anyone think travel will play into this? I have no idea where to find how many miles each individual team logged over the course of the regular season, but I think its a safe bet to say that Detroit/Anaheim have travelled wwaaaayyyy more than the Sens.

It's roughly a 2000 mile plane ride one-way in the Wings-Ducks series. What was the Sens-Sabres, 250 miles one-way? Ouch.

Last year after 3 rounds the Hurricanes had travelled roughly a couple hundred miles more than the Oilers had after their 1st round upset of Detroit. By the time the SCF rolled around the Oil had logged around 21000 miles. The Canes 7000.

There's not much the NHL can do regarding the travel involved during the playoffs, but you'd think they'd try at least level the field during the regular season. Just a thought.

A Wings-Sens final would be ideal. The distance between Ottawa-Detroit is roughly 420 miles. Ottawa-Anaheim is close to 2400. Would that be an advantage for Ottawa (who would be more rested), or Anaheim cause they're used to the travel?

 

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