1) Congratulations to Randy Carlyle and his Ducks for being the other dance partner in the Cup Finals starting this Monday(why wait so long!?!) Anaheim, although they didn't have the best regular season record, did have by all accounts the best team in the West most of the year. In our opinion if not for a series of injuries to almost all their important players they would have been the President's Trophy winner.
2) As we wrote previously, we were quite impressed with the fight the Wings put up. Hasek and Chelios turned back the clock a decade and were very effective despite their advanced ages. Datsyuk may have finally shed his playoff disappearance image, Holmstrom showed he is a true power forward, and Lidstrom showed why he is this years Norris favourite. However, despite their heroics the Wings could not match the Ducks size, tenacity and timely goaltending from Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
3) This sets up an interesting series with the Senators. By the time the Finals commence the boys from Kanata will of had a full 8 days off. Not what Bryan Murray would have preferred. His team was coalescing well and probably would have preferred a 2-3 day rest over this silly week plus that the NHL has concocted to placate their NBC 'partners'. However, what's done is done. Certainly the Sens prefer 8 days off to the 'rest' 28 other teams are now enjoying!
4) Since we now have plenty of time we will do our in-depth Finals Preview/Prediction post sometime this weekend. In the mean time we're told that FAUXRUMORS 2 is preparing their 'interview' with NHL commish, Gary Bettman. We're told it should be enlightening! ; ) As always, keep it here for the latest!