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Goldie & Moller's Playoff Blog: Stanley Cup Finals

Wednesday, 05.23.2007 / 11:48 AM ET / News
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Goldie & Moller\'s Playoff Blog: Stanley Cup Finals
Moller:

We will have a new (first time) Stanley Cup winner this year! At least in the new era NHL. Anaheim and Ottawa will be a classic final series! The Ducks surprised many experts getting by Detroit in 6 games. I agree with Goldie, the play of JS "Giggy" Giguere has been the story so far, out-playing future hall of famer Dominik Hasek and the Canucks' Roberto Luongo in the previous two series. Defense, size and team play are the strengths the Ducks possess. Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger are virtually impossible to play against, and Rob Neidermayer surprisingly leads the Ducks in offense. But Anaheim has not faced an offensive machine like the Senators, so far. The best line in hockey: Spezza, Alfredsson and Dany Heatley have torn through the Eastern Conference like a knife through hot butter. Goaltender Ray Emery has been the playoff MVP so far, Ottawa will wear down the Ducks with their 3rd and 4th lines, which are the best in the league. The government of Canada will take pride with Lord Stanley's Cup coming home to the nation's capitol. And they will probably try and "tax" the Senators for their efforts too! Vive la Canada! Duck l'Orange on a plate, Ottawa wins in 6 games.


Goldie:

It’s California vs. Canada in the Stanley Cup finals as Anaheim meets Ottawa. The Ducks, the pick here before the playoffs started, eliminated Detroit in six games while the Senators will have had nine days off between games after quickly beating Buffalo. The Ducks have the goalie advantage with J.S. Giguere, although Ottawa has done a super job in front of Ray Emery. The Senators are back to playing strong team defense, thus their 12-3 playoff record.

Captain Daniel Alfredsson is being lauded as a great team leader now that Ottawa has reached the finals. Ironic, that for years the underrated Alfredsson was criticized for not being “the Guy” on and off the ice. Perhaps he has changed his game a bit but it’s the team’s success that has brought him personal accolades. Alfredsson has always been a super player and good guy in the room.

Giguere, meanwhile, is a finals win away from being the playoff MVP. Heck, he may win it even if the Ducks lose the series in a tough 7 gamer. The fact is, Giguere outplayed Roberto Luongo and Dominik Hasek to reach the finals. Forget about Ryan Miller, Martin Brodeur and Henrik Lundqvist. They are all excellent goalies but Gigure takes the honor right now as the NHL’s top goalie. The unrestricted free agent to be is seeing his bank account rise as he carries the Ducks to the finals.

Former Panther Rob Niedermayer has been playing great hockey for Anaheim. The veteran has popped in big goals and laid out big hits. It was his hit that set up the series clinching goal against Vancouver. Brother Scott along with Chris Pronger lead the blue line for the league’s most complete team.

Ottawa will have 9 days off when the Cup finals start Monday and one wonders if it will be a case of rest or rust. Much to the chagrin of the Canadian media another non-traditional U.S. market wins the Stanley Cup. Following Tampa Bay and Carolina it will be Anaheim hoisting the big prize. Party time in the O.C. Ducks in 6. Don’t call them mighty just call them champs!

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
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10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
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R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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