It was over when Chris Phillips mishandled the puck in Ray Emery's legs and the puck trickled through. That was the moment. The Senators demeanor had changed, they were unsure and couldn't muster any shots. It shouldn't have been that way. That isn't how a series is suppose to end. But Anaheim will take it.
The Ducks burned the Senators in a 6 - 2 win. They win their first Stanley Cup. It was a series cut way too short. Ottawa's hot offense just didn't carry. Anaheim is a big physical fast team, and they used it to demoralize the Senators.
Scott Niedermayer is your Conn Smythe winner as most valuable player. If Niedermayer didn't get it, Daniel Alfredsson should have. J.S. Gigere was also in the running as Most Valueable Player in the Finals.
Gary Bettman is a horrible public speaker. And I am only writing that because I am listening to it right now. No mention on how good the series was, or how great Ottawa battled. And why should he, he is playing to the home crowd. Anaheim is the first west coast team to win the Cup, again information related by our fearless leader, Bettman.
So I totally missed this one in terms of predicting a winner. I said that Ottawa would win one for a Canadien city. But that wasn't meant to be. Good thing I don't get paid for things like that.
Guys I am happy to see lifting the Cup right now:
Rob and Scott Niedermayer
Guys I hated seeing lifting it:
That is it. Anaheim gets it. It somehow seems weird and uncomfortable, but you can't deny how this team battled. It's a team you love to hate but respect. You know every fan wants a team like this one.