May 29, 2007

Ducks draw first blood

by Dan Bilicki In: Ice Hockey

The Ducks of Anaheim were able to clip the Senators and take the first game of the Stanley Cup final. A Travis Moen goal with less than 3 minutes remaining in the game set up a flurry of a finish with several Ottawa chances being stopped by J.S. Giguere.

The back-and-forth game started off with a bang after Ottawa scored a 1:38 into the game and then equalled at the 10 minute mark by Andy McDonald.

Even with the Ducks getting called for more penalties, meaning more power play time for Ottawa, Anaheim was able to throw more shots at Ray Emery than the Sens were at J.S. Giguere.

But, by far, the most interesting story of the game was barely hockey related. During the pre-game lead up, Don Cherry had a chance to chat with California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger about the game. This was quite possibly the worst minute and a half or so that could have happened, but at the same time the best. Anytime you lead up to your league’s championship series, why wouldn’t you want two people who know nothing about the game talking?

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