Thursday, June 07, 2007

The Cup Runneth Over

For the Sens, that is. Did anyone else think that we were seeing the overhyped and underperforming Senators of recent years last night? Instead of the scrappy team that fought past Buffalo, we got a team that played hard for about, oh, 20 minutes, and not consecutively.

It sure looked like only a few Ottawa players bothered showing up. Daniel Alfredsson basically willed the two goals he scored into the net, but who else came to play? Antoine Vermette looked sharp, at least until his penalty shot "attempt" rolled off his stick. Chris Phillips looked good, at least until he scored...for Anaheim. Patrick Eaves, Christoph Schubert, and Anton Volchenkov looked okay at times, but where were Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza? Spezza played as well as I did last night (from the couch, no less), and then had the nerve to tell off his coach. Niiice.

Anyway...I thought Anaheim played a smart, tough, and relentless series, and was clearly the better, even dominant, team. Who knows how much of their team they'll keep together (gotta figure Selanne is a goner), but they could another Cup run next year.

Now I need to break out my Carolina Hurricanes DVD and watch Game Seven from 2006 again. Ah, memories....Sniff...

1 comment:

Brave Astronaut said...

You know, I sat there last night watching . . . and then when the evil Bettman announced this was the first West Coast team to win (and in their 14th season, no less) . . . I grumbled.

But there is still something magical about watching that "ceremony" - the handshakes (still the best thing about hockey) and then the skating around of the cup.

It would have been nice for the champions to be a team with a more storied history rather than a movie history, but as you say, they have amassed a pool of talent that may find them hoisting Lord Stanley's hardware again soon.

Friggin' Ducks!