Wednesday, June 06, 2007

The Ducks win the Cup

2007 Stanley Cup Final - Game 5
Ducks 6, Senators 2
Anaheim wins series 4-1

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Scoring Summary
1st Period
Anaheim 3:41, Andy McDonald 10 (power play) (Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Pronger)
Anaheim 17:41, Rob Niedermayer 5 (Corey Perry)

2nd Period
Ottawa 11:27, Daniel Alfredsson 13 (Peter Schaefer, Mike Fisher)
Anaheim 15:44, Travis Moen 6 (unassisted)
Ottawa 17:38, Daniel Alfredsson 14 (shorthanded) (unassisted)
Anaheim 18:28, Francois Beauchemin 4 (power play) (Andy McDonald)

3rd Period

Anaheim 4:01, Travis Moen 7 (Scott Niedermayer, Samuel Pahlsson)
Anaheim 17:00, Corey Perry 6 (unassisted)
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I'll have my thoughts here before the end of the night.
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5 Comments:

At 11:52 PM, June 06, 2007, Blogger PDO said...

James...

Thank you for not having Pronger there lifting the cup.

I may have had to find you and punch you in the face. Since you didn't, I won't have to.

 
At 12:28 AM, June 07, 2007, Blogger Tyler said...

I like the picture of Pronger, his wife and their kids in which neither of their kids is smiling. Like animals, children can sense evil.

 
At 12:56 AM, June 07, 2007, Anonymous Frank said...

So what did we learn from the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs? Well it can be summed up in two words:

SIZE MATTERS!

After the lockout with the new rules on obstruction and holding everyone predicted that size no longer mattered and the small, fast, skilled player, would be able to thrive in the new NHL, and be in high demand.

In the first year, this theory seemed to hold. However, year two brought big changes. The officials eased up on obstruction and when it came to battles in front of the net, big immobile defencemen were again able to hold, slash, crosscheck, and totally destroy opposing forwards in front of the net without penalty.

Coaches brought in various forms of the neutral zone trap, so that the only way to score goals was to dump the puck into the corners, then "bang and crash" and cycle the puck endlessly with the hope of chipping the puck out front of the net to get a "garbage" goal.

However, to carry out this strategy you need large forwards to battle in the corners for the puck, and large forwards to battle in front of the net with large defencemen.

Bottom line, once again there is no place for the small skilled forward in the NHL. The trap has neutralized their speed and rushing ability, and large defencemen are now allowed to destroy them in front of the net without penalty. They also get out muscled in the corners.

With the re-introduction of the trap, the fast transition game has been eliminated, so defencemen don't have to be mobile anymore.

Ottawa beat a superior Buffalo team by using the trap and its larger size.

Anahiem beat Ottawa by using the trap and its larger size.

These lessons will not be lost on GMs. The diminuitive Daniel Briere has probably seen his market value drop by about $2 miilion per year in the last 6 weeks.And any player under 6"2" will drop precipitously in this year's entry draft.

Meanwhile guys like Bertuzzi will again be in very high demand. The power forward and mamoth immobile defencemen will once again become the prized acquisitions.

And as for the fans, well its "back to the future" with a whole lot of boring, low scoring, grinding hockey being served up by the NHL.

 
At 1:24 AM, June 07, 2007, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Bottom line, once again there is no place for the small skilled forward in the NHL. The trap has neutralized their speed and rushing ability, and large defencemen are now allowed to destroy them in front of the net without penalty. They also get out muscled in the corners.

How will a little guy like Andy McDonald ever make it in this big tough NHL?

 
At 9:58 AM, June 07, 2007, Blogger Matt said...

"Ottawa beat a superior Buffalo team by using the trap"

Suggesting the trap was the reason Ottawa won that series is absolutely ridiculous.

Buffalo beat themselves more because their special teams were non-existant the whole series and they couldn't shut down Ottawa's top line. Anaheim did, and that's why they won.

 

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