Friday, June 08, 2007

Final Thoughts: Stanley Cup Playoffs

There's nothing wrong with the Anaheim Ducks winning the Stanley Cup.

Some will say it's a catastrophe. I disagree.

This is hockey in 2007. People want the NHL to grow; here's a consequence of this growth: a team from California - where it never snows - has won the Stanley Cup. I don't see anything wrong at all.

I'm glad for the Ducks. Sure, I picked the Sens to win, but Anaheim wanted to win and Ottawa played like they were just happy to be in the finals. I'm especially happy for two players: Teemu Selanne and JS Giguere.

Selanne is one of the top players of the last 15 years. He has won many awards except for one, the Stanley Cup. Now, he can look back at his career and be pleased with his efforts.

Giguere was in net when the Ducks lost the Cup final to New Jersey in 2003. Despite losing, he was named playoff MVP. It's nice to win the Conn Smythe trophy. However, this prestigious award means nothing if your team doesn't win the Stanley Cup. For Gigurre, winning the Cup is redemption.

Now that the NHL Playoffs are over, here's a recap of my predictions:

Round 1 - Five out of eight.

Round 2 - Four out of four.

Round 3 - One out of two.

Round 4 - Zero out of one.

Total score - 10 out of 15, 67%

The Hek

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