Monday, June 04, 2007

Game 4 thread

2007 Stanley Cup Final - Game 4
Ducks 3, Senators 2
Anaheim leads series 3-1

Two hours until game time, I figure I might as well open the usual game thread up early, and I'll try and check in as the game goes along (although no promises).

Also be sure to check in with the guys over at the AOL Fanhouse for another riotous live blog.

UPDATE Interestingly enough, the Ducks don't look so hot tonight, and were thoroughly outplayed for probably the first time in the first period. In the Western Conference final, Anaheim managed to win a couple of games despite not looking all that impressive, and with the score still 1-0, there's a chance we'll see that here.

Down a couple of Chrises (Kunitz and Pronger), the Ducks are certainly looking like they're missing something so far tonight.

UPDATE The Ducks get on the board with yet another goal off the cycle (you'd think someone would be covering behind the net by now). Much better period for Anaheim – and a really nice move by Andy McDonald to help start off the play and then finish it by outwaiting (outwitting?) Ray Emery.

Maybe this series will be McDonald's coming out party, as he's been a terrific offensive player in the West now for two seasons with very little fanfare.

UPDATE No sooner did I hit 'publish post' than did McDonald outwait (outwit?) Emery again on a deke that sent the defender, Anton Volchenkov, flailing into the corner while the Ducks' centre deposited the puck into the netminder's five-hole.

Teemu Selanne gets all of the pub among the Ducks forwards, but McDonald's creativity and speed really help make good on all of those nice transition plays Randy Carlyle likes to employ.

The goal, his second of the game, moves McDonald into second in playoff goal scoring with nine, two behind the leader, Daniel Alfredsson.

UPDATE Patrick Eaves threads the needle (which in this case are the legs of Ducks defender) to setup Dany Heatley and tie this one at two late in the second.

UPDATE Dustin Penner and Selanne score on a two-on-two play that pushes the score to 3-2 and ultimately proves the winner.

As for the Senators: If you can't win at home against a team missing its top defenceman, you don't deserve to win the Stanley Cup.

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21 Comments:

At 11:59 PM, June 04, 2007, Blogger sager said...

What about the Shot Heard 'Round Kanata, courtesy Alfredsson? What was that?

 
At 1:07 AM, June 05, 2007, Anonymous swabbubba said...

That was the swedish way saying i am not worthy to be on the ice against the boys who own the Kootney Ice.

What chuckle fucking heads the Sens are. No class... Neil should shut it and play...
I agree with grapes wtf thats it the cup is going to Cali...

 
At 1:31 AM, June 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope the Ducks take time during their Game 5 mop-up of this series to make Chris Neil's new kid fatherless. Hardly a game goes by that this pug-faced, toothless, juice-monkey doesn't cheapshot somebody. Seven strides and a flying elbow smash to McDonald's head like it's pro wrestling. Well, McDonald got over tonight. Pretty soon we can go back to hating Ottawa as the productivity-draining sinkhole that it represents for most Canadians.

 
At 6:18 AM, June 05, 2007, Blogger mike said...

Ray Emery was terrible last night, once again....hatred for Chris Neil notwithstanding.

 
At 6:33 AM, June 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope the Ducks take time during their Game 5 mop-up of this series to make Chris Neil's new kid fatherless.

So, I take it you're going to support his daughter then until she goes to college and moves away?

Or do you want her dead too, so none of his genes are carried into the next generation?

Nice. Good use of perspective.

 
At 10:34 AM, June 05, 2007, Anonymous Sean said...

Love how you obsess over how Pronger should get suspended after game three, but don't even comment on the gutless captain of the Senators taking a full wind up and firing a puck at a player with more class than the entire Ottawa organization. Can you be more biased?

 
At 10:45 AM, June 05, 2007, Blogger Chemmy said...

mike: Ray Emery is always crappy. He's been hiding behind solid Sens defense all year.

 
At 11:49 AM, June 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous, it's almost as good a use of perspective as taking a boozed-up rant seriously.

 
At 12:08 PM, June 05, 2007, Anonymous Dr.Freud said...

yo,anonymous, can't you keep these conversations with yourself in your head?

 
At 12:16 PM, June 05, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Love how you obsess over how Pronger should get suspended after game three, but don't even comment on the gutless captain of the Senators taking a full wind up and firing a puck at a player with more class than the entire Ottawa organization. Can you be more biased?

What's my bias exactly? That I only posted two lines after Heatley's goal because I had better things to do last night?

 
At 1:17 PM, June 05, 2007, Anonymous pete said...

Give it up mirtle, you've clearly been drinking the senators Kool-aid.

I'm outing you, Kamloops....

 
At 1:56 PM, June 05, 2007, Blogger Julian said...

Hysterics aside, what did you think of Alfie shooting on Niedermayer, James?

 
At 2:05 PM, June 05, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

I might be missing something, but I'm not 100-per-cent certain it was intentional.

 
At 2:15 PM, June 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all due respect to the hysterics on this board and elsewhwere, if Alfredsson could hit somebody's knee from 60 feet away with that kind of pinpoint accuracy, he'd be a 90-goal scorer.
And to worry about that (most likely) fluke shot while overlooking his teammate Neil's preternatural ability to head-hunt, then our perspective on this game is totally out of whack.

 
At 2:28 PM, June 05, 2007, Blogger Daniel said...

The Ducks players are over it, the best thing they can do to Alfredsson is win tomorrow. I am sure if Beauchemin or any other player sees Alf with his head down, they will be more then happy to drill him though. He knows his last game is on Wednesday, I think all he wants is to not go in a body bag.

 
At 2:31 PM, June 05, 2007, Blogger PPP said...

He wasn't aiming at Niedermayer's knee. He was aiming at Niedermayer and from about 40 feet I'd expect a 100 point player to be able to look up, aim, and hit his target from there which is exactly what the weasel did.

On top of the Ducks winning the Cup tomorrow I'd love to see one of the Ducks catch Alfie with the puck in his feet.

 
At 2:32 PM, June 05, 2007, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

I might be missing something, but I'm not 100-per-cent certain it was intentional.

You know, James. I kind of get that impression also. I mean, I don't watch a lot of Alfie, but he doesn't really strike me as the guy who'd pull something like that.

That said, he certainly could have tried harder to miss SNieds. Yeah it angered the Ducks to some degree, but more importantly, I think the refs really tried to disassociate themselves with the Sens in the 3rd (Alfie's shot and the embellishments in the 1st).

And that whistle-swallowing, maybe as much as anything, really helped the Ducks take G4.

My take, any way.

 
At 2:46 PM, June 05, 2007, Blogger McLea said...

With all due respect to the hysterics on this board and elsewhere, if Alfredsson could hit somebody's knee from 60 feet away with that kind of pinpoint accuracy, he'd be a 90-goal scorer.

Who said he was aiming for his knee? If he was only trying to hit Niedermayer body from 60 feet away, I'd guess he'd need the accuracy of a 30 goal scorer, which he is.

And I like how worked up everyone is getting over this. Guys voluntarily throw their bodies in front of slap shots multiple times per game. The fact that Alfredsson shot a puck at somebody from half way across the ice, beyond being ill advised and rather ridiculous, isn't that big of a deal.

 
At 2:51 PM, June 05, 2007, Blogger Pat said...

There's a difference between willfully sacrificing your body to prevent a puck from going into the net and getting blasted with a shot you're not expecting while you're standing at the blue line. Daniel Alredsson is a punk. If he had enough time to look up at the clock, surely he had enough time to take a look around and realize he had space to hold the puck until the clock ran out. I'm not a Ducks fan, but I'm looking forward to seeing the Sens lose this. They should focus a little more on actually playing the game instead of taking dives all over the ice.

 
At 3:31 PM, June 05, 2007, Blogger Andy Grabia said...

As for the Senators: If you can't win at home against a team missing its top defenceman, you don't deserve to win the Stanley Cup.

Would that apply to teams unable to beat teams without their #1 goalie at home? Because if that is the case, could you please get in touch with Jim Rutherford and the Carolina Hurricanes? The fans in Edmonton would like their Cup back.

 
At 9:12 PM, June 05, 2007, Anonymous Limey said...

Good lord, a Grabia sighting!

On an overhead replay it did look a little like Beauchemin moved into his shooting lane, but I could hit - or miss - someone from that distance (and have) and I'm a beer-league player.

Still, a very dangerous play that could have been alot more serious. And so utterly pointless. Strange all around.

 

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