Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Then There Were Two....

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!

5 comments:

Antzmarching said...

1. Excellent point, Faux... It most likely was the fact that the Ducks had some key injuries as to why they didn't capture the Prez Trophy... Of course, who really cares about that thing anyway?

2. Chelios, in my estimation, still has a little left in the tank... He certainly was NOT the worst Wings d-man throughout this entire season... Also, I give lots of credit to this group from Detroit for not quitting last night when they had several opportunities to... The Wings are a class act and their fans should be very proud... Anaheim is simply a better squad this year...

3. I don't think the 8 days are going to effect the Sens negatively... This bunch is too hungry for a letdown like that... This has the potential to be a great series - especially, if Emery matches Giguere's level of play...

4. Antz prediction - DUCKS in 7...

FAUXRUMORS said...

1) For some comic relief our buddy Stan Fischler picked the Senators in 4! This the same man who recently has called the Ottawa goalie Ray Emery a "mediocre back up" and "sieve".
2) Guess that Stan believes that the Senators are that much better than the Ducks that they can overcome having the most important position occupied by such an inferior player
3) We will post our analysis/prediction this weekend.

B_Washington said...

Good point. I actually think the best 2 teams are in the finals. Ottawa has been very strong since a weak start. They have lost a whopping 3 games in the playoffs so far.

It's nice to see teams of such quality in the finals, and it should make for a very entertaining finals.

(I don't do predicitons, I am comfortable in the fact that I have no idea who will win. I think the Ducks are slightly better, but only by a feather)

At least the Red Wings lost, which is all i really ever ask for.

FAUXRUMORS said...

1) We agree that it can be argued that the 2 best teams made it to the Finals. If you had asked us before the playoffs we'd of said the Sabres in the East, but the 3 teams they played (especially Ottawa) exposed their weaknesses
2) Folks forget that this is essentially the same team, sans Chara, that had the most points in the East last year.

B_Washington said...

right.. and I think it's safe t say that Chara is a little overated anyways

 
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