Hockey-Town?….. Anaheim!

I’m a huge hockey fan!  Almost as much as I am a baseball fan.  My team, the Anaheim Ducks ( formerly the ‘Mighty Ducks’) are embroiled in a 7 game series with the Detroit Red Wings (GRRRRR!!)  and the series was tied 2 games to 2 going into today’s game in Detroit.  It didn’t look good for my Ducks, what with many injuries, not playing as they have all season and having to play in Joe Lewis Arena, which has not been kind to them!!  The fans there today were wild and it seemed to take a toll on the Ducks!!  The Red Wings were all over them all game… It was a very physical game with lots of BIG hits!!!  The Ducks were behind 1 to 0!!
But with 2:11 minutes left in the game, the Wings were called for a penalty!!  So not only did the Ducks have a one man advantage, but they also pulled their goalie to make it 6 against 4!  (A rare move with that much time left!)
At 47:3 seconds left in the game, they scored to tie the game!!!!  Then at 11:57 into overtime they scored the winning goal!!!!  (I wanted to jump up and scream, but Mrs Serious was taking a nap next to me so I controlled my joy!)
The Red Wings and their fans were crushed!!  (Hehehehe!!!)
So now it’s back here for game 6, and hopefully the Ducks will win and go on to beat the Quebec Senators and win the Stanley Cup!!  I HAVE TICKETS!!!!!!!!!!!
In case any of you are interested, here is an article and recap of that VERY exciting game!!!  (I’m still catching my breath!!)

Suddenly it’s advantage, Ducks

Scott Niedermayer’s goal on a six-on-four power play ties it with 47 seconds left in regulation, and Selanne’s overtime goal gives Anaheim 2-1 win over Red Wings and 3-2 series lead.
By Eric Stephens, Times Staff Writer
1:10 PM PDT, May 20, 2007

DETROIT — Less than a minute remained in a game the Ducks had no business winning, with the Western Conference finals possibly about to turn for good in the direction of the Detroit Red Wings.

Perhaps the only opportunity to change their fortunes stood before them. One final power play with two extra men on their side after pulling goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

With two shocking flash-point moments in Game 5, the Ducks might have destiny on their side.

Scott Niedermayer’s deflected goal tied the score with 47.3 seconds left in regulation and Teemu Selanne won it 11:57 into overtime to give the Ducks a stunning 2-1 victory Sunday at Joe Louis Arena and an advantage of three games to two in the best-of-seven series.

The first team to win consecutive games in this hard-fought matchup, the Ducks now head home with the opportunity to clinch their second trip to the Stanley Cup finals in Game 6 Tuesday night in Anaheim.

"It’s huge," Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf said. "To come up in this building and steal a game tonight and battle back the way we did, to stay focused and stay on the job at hand, it’s good for our group.

"We’ve just got to continue on, and hopefully we can get it done at home."

Game 5 had been the Red Wings’ domain in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs — they won it in the first two rounds against Calgary and San Jose to help them close out those series in six games.

The near-sellout crowd of 20,003 anticipated a similar result. It seemed as if the Red Wings would make defenseman Andreas Lilja’s first playoff goal stand up as they dominated play for most of regulation.

Except there was the final minute to be played. Pavel Datsyuk went off for interference at 18:13 of the third period, leaving the Ducks with the final 1:47 to play with an advantage.

The Ducks called a timeout. Giguere, who kept them close with a stellar game, went to the bench and his teammates went to work with two extra attackers.

Chris Pronger, who returned from his Game 4 suspension, got the puck along the left side and dropped it down low to Selanne. Selanne spotted Niedermayer in the slot and shuttled a pass to him.

Niedermayer caught the puck with his right skate and shifted it to his shooting side.

"I didn’t think about the series at that point," he said. "I’m just thinking about scoring a goal. That’s what I think most of us are thinking. Just try to get a goal here to tie it up and go from there."

Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom got into position to make a play on Niedermayer’s shot. The puck deflected off Lidstrom’s stick and hopped over the left shoulder of Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek, to the dismay of a crowd awaiting a celebration.

"I was going to put it off the crossbar and in," Niedermayer cracked.

With renewed energy, the Ducks took the offensive in overtime and forced a crucial mistake by Lilja.

Lilja barely escaped a speeding Selanne behind the net, but Andy McDonald cut off the defenseman as he headed up ice. Selanne jumped on the turnover and faked Hasek to the ice with a move before flipping a backhand shot top shelf on only his second shot of the game.

"You’ve just got to take advantage of the opportunities when you get the chance," McDonald said. "When Teemu gets that opportunity, he usually buries it."

All of this would not have happened if not for Giguere. He made 36 saves for the second consecutive game, including consecutive stops on Datsyuk and bang-bang saves on Johan Franzen in the third period.

Burned by Detroit’s power play all series, the Ducks killed off seven disadvantages largely because of their goaltender’s play. Giguere is now 12-1 in overtime playoff games.

"They’re carrying the play, but it was only 1-0," Ducks center Todd Marchant said of Detroit’s lead. "Jiggy played unbelievable for us. As a result, he kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win.

"We rewarded him with the overtime win."

Said Pronger: "It easily could have been 3-0 or 4-0 [Detroit]."

In truth, the Ducks also have fared quite well in the fifth game of series this postseason. They’ve used it as the series clincher against Minnesota and Vancouver.

Now that the pivotal game is theirs, the Ducks are on the brink of reaching the place they aimed for all season.

"In the end, we found a way to get it done," Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle said. "There’s been no quitting in this group whatsoever, right from the beginning early in September [during] training camp, right through to tonight."

I realize that  many of you are not hockey fans but I just had to post this!!!

I had a GREAT day!!  Hope you did too!


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10 Responses to Hockey-Town?….. Anaheim!

  1. Louise says:

    Hey Bob! Sorry I ain’t been about much lately, missed our chats I can tell ya. I hope you’re fit and well and living it to the full. Just look at me scruffy little mate there she’s so adorable hehehehe. Had a lot on me plate lately I have to say and I am trying to get a grip so to speak just hope I can and all that lol. Ohhhh why’s life so trying sometimes I wonder eh????? Why do some people make it way more complicated than it need be and then try and make you feel crap for the pleasure of it? yeah beats me too.
    It’s glorious again today here ahhhh bliss and I attacked that hedgeyesterday and now I have scratches all over me grrrrrr. Had shoes full of leaves and when I took me bra off there was a load just dropped out on the floor too hehehehe, don’t I so hate gardening lmao, mind it ain’t that bad once I make a start on it so I should have a garden like one at the chelsea flower show come next week pmsl.
    (((BIG HUGS))) and loads of bright blessings xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  2. Cheryl says:

    Hi Bob,
    Not to worry, I, Chezzer Big Knickers, have promised my lips are sealed until dear Button has seen the movie.  I think I’m as disappointed as Button, I will have to wait a whole week before I can chat to her about it.  I mean, me not being able to talk for a week, I’m not sure I can stand it, lol.
    Have a great week,
    hugs from Cheryl.

  3. Jade says:

    Howdy! come again… apparently I have had 8 visits from my own state :O 
    the dots are all ontop of each other lol!
    gas here is now 3.30 …. 😦

  4. Jude says:

    Shhhhh…it’s the Ottawa Senators and that’ll be the team my kids and I will be cheering on 🙂 heheheheHave fun at the game and here’s hoping Anaheim beats those Red Wings in Game 6….Ottawa doesn’t need too many days off! 😉

  5. Silver says:

    Hello Bob..
    So is this your new space or your old space come back again? Am tres confused! Hope you don’t mind but I skipped over the hockey blog.. I’m sure it was good.. but I just don’t get it!
    Anyway.. hope you are well and had a good weekend

  6. Jane says:

    Go ducks!!!  I just love the name.
    But, um Bob…. looking at your list of links…. I believe Lottiemae is a Coloradan…. Coloradoan(?)…. well, she lives in Colorado, anyway…… not Utah.

  7. Steve says:

    Well you have Stanley cup tickets, RU really SERIUOS!  We are very hah\happy that the senators have won here division and we are waiting for the Ducks to win their division.  I too hate Detroit too many faking falls, a waste of time.   Thanks for the paper sports article.  Keep them coming.  I will see you at the games when your at the pond, just tell the Decks to win Tuesday, please.

  8. g says:

    God Bless
    …………………….l.l…………………………………….“’´´………………………….(…(`.-“’´´-.´)…)……………………)……–…….–….(……………………/……(o…_…o)….\…………………..\………(..0..)……./………………..__.`.-._…’=’.._.-.´.__…………../…….’#.’#.,.–.,.#’.#.’….\…………\__))……….’#’……… ((__/…..xxxxxxxxxxx______xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx___xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx_xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Have a awesome and safe week

  9. g says:

    Question?  What do you look like?

  10. Harold says:

    Congrates Bob .. glad to her you n ur Ducks doing good.  I like hockey but not really a big fan, I have heard watching it on TV just isnt the same as a live game.. so who knows maybe I will catch  1 n get hooked sooner or later .. LOL
    Stop by my place n answer I a question I have posted there .. you n anyone else who wishes to.. whenever you have the time n the urge 😉
    Hope U n ur Ducks continue to charge on n whoop some azz  ;):P
    ZePp …

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