- 2007 Stanley Cup Finals
Infobox Stanley Cup Final
Anaheim( Honda Center) (1,2,5)
Ottawa( Scotiabank Place) (3,4)
Ottawa: Bryan Murray
Paul Devorski, Dan O'Halloran, Bill McCreary, and Brad Watson[http://www.nhlofficials.com/display_news.asp?articleID=211]
May 28- June 6, 2007
networks=NBC, CBC, Versus, RDS,
net_announcers=(CBC) Bob Cole,
Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk
Dave Strader, Joe Micheletti
Travis Moen(15:44, 2nd)The 2007 Stanley Cup Final was the 2007 edition of the final series of the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup playoffs.
Paths to the Final
Prior to the season, the Ducks had been the pick of many in the media to make it to the Finals, and they did not disappoint. The second-seeded Anaheim Ducks defeated both the
Minnesota Wildand Vancouver Canucksin five games before defeating the Detroit Red Wingsin six games in the Western Conference Finals. The Ducks had the most penalties out of any team during the post-season and had one suspension going into the finals, but had a top penalty-kill percentage. They were led by two Norris Trophy candidates Scott Niedermayerand Chris Pronger, the scoring touches of Andy McDonald, Teemu Selanne, Ryan Getzlaf, and the goaltending of Jean-Sebastien Giguere. The Ducks were looking to shut down Ottawa's offense with the checking line of Rob Niedermayer, Samuel Pahlsson and Travis Moen, and overall team defence.
The fourth-seeded Ottawa Senators defeated the
Pittsburgh Penguins, and upset both the New Jersey Devilsand Buffalo Sabres, all in five games apiece, en route to their first Eastern Conference championship. Ottawa was led by the top line of captain Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley, and Jason Spezza, who combined for 23 goals in the first three rounds, and the goaltending of Ray Emery. Other Senators who played pivotal roles were forwards Mike Fisher and Dean McAmmondand defensemen Chris Phillipsand Anton Volchenkov. The Senators were looking to work past Anaheim's defense with their speed and higher-scoring offence, although both teams played a similar style of responsible team defence.
home ice advantagefor the series, as they finished the regular season with 110 points to Ottawa's 105. The attention leading into the finals was Ottawa being "Canada's Team" despite Anaheim having five more Canadian skaters than the Senators. Many fans were saying that the Stanley Cupneeded to be brought back to Canada after a 14 year drought (up to that point, the last time a Canadian team hoisted the Stanley Cup was done by the 1993 Montreal Canadiens, who ironically defeated a Southern Californiateam, the Los Angeles Kings).
This was the Ducks' second appearance in the Final, having lost in 2003 to the
New Jersey Devils. Only four players remained on the Ducks roster from 2003, including the Conn Smythe Trophywinner, Jean-Sebastien Giguere. The 2003 club's general manager was now the Ottawa head coach.
It was the first final for the Senators. Two Ottawa-area players were in the finals, playing for the Ducks.
The Senators and Ducks had never met in the playoffs before, and had not played each other since
January 19 2006, when the Ducks (then known as the Mighty Ducks) won 4–3 in a shootout in Ottawa.
This was the first time since the 1925
Victoria Cougarsthat a team from the west coast of North America won the Stanley Cup, and the first time an NHL team from the west coast had done so. The Ducks are the fourth west coast team to win the Cup, and the first from California.
Daniel Alfredsson, from Sweden, was the first European-born and raised captain to lead his team to the finals. Previously, only Canadians or an American had captained teams in the Finals. The Ducks were captained by a Canadian ( Scott Niedermayer) and had more Canadian players than the Senators.
The 2007 Final marked the third straight in which a Canadian franchise lost against a franchise based in the U.S.
sunbelt(previous Canadian teams in the last few Stanley Cup Finals were the 2004 Calgary Flamesand the 2006 Edmonton Oilers, and not counting the 2004–05 NHL seasonlockout).
The series marked the first time that two teams from the early-'90s expansion era faced each other in the Final. (Anaheim had started play in 1993, Ottawa in 1992)
It was the first Final since 1999 where neither finalist had won the
As well, this was the third season in a row that the Cup was won by a team winning its first Cup after Tampa in 2004 and Carolina in 2006.
The third game, in Ottawa on
June 2, was attended by 91-year old Russell Williams as a guest of the Senators. He had attended the last Finals game in Ottawa (April 13, 1927) versus the Boston Bruinsin the old Ottawa Auditorium. His presence was a good-luck charm; as Ottawa won the game he attended.
Much like the
Red Milein Calgaryduring the Flames' 2004 cup run and the Blue Mile in Edmontonduring the Oilers' 2006 cup run, Ottawa Senators fans took to the streets to celebrate their team's success. The idea to have a Sens Mile began as a grassroots campaign on
When the Senators beat the Sabres in game five, people flocked to Elgin Street in celebration.
For the Stanley Cup finals, large videoscreens were installed at
Ottawa City Hallfor fans to view. After the Senators won game three of the Final, fans celebrated on Elgin Street once again, and Ottawa Policeclosed the street down.
score1 = 3 – 2
won1 = 1
The scene was festive at Honda Center in Anaheim with several Hollywood celebrities on hand, including former movie star, now California Governor,
Arnold Schwarzenegger, who dropped the puck for the ceremonial face-off.
As in their previous series, the Senators struck first. Mike Fisher started off the scoring in the series with a
powerplaygoal 1:38 into the first period that traveled high in the air, landed behind Giguere and trickled over the line. Although Ottawa scored first, Anaheim took over play during the course of the period. The Ducks replied nine minutes later with a goal from Andy McDonaldat even strength. Ottawa was unable to get even one shot on goal in the last eleven minutes of the first, and the period ended with the score tied 1–1. The shots were 8–3 for Anaheim.
Early into the second,
Wade Reddenscored the only goal of the period, another power play goal for Ottawa from the blue line, putting the Senators up 2–1. Play was even for the most part, as indicated by the 10–10 shot total of the period.
The Ducks dominated most of the play in the third, tying the game 2–2 at five minutes into the third on a goal from
Ryan Getzlaf, (making amends, it had been his penalty that Redden scored on ) followed by a dramatic game-winning goal by Travis Moenwith three minutes left in the third. The shots ended 32–20 in Anaheim's favour.
Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim ( high-sticking) 0:53; Dany Heatley, Ottawa (tripping) 2:34; Ric Jackman, Anaheim ( roughing) 14:14
Scoring: (3) Ottawa:
Wade Redden( Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza) PP 4:36.
Scoring: (4) Anaheim:
Ryan Getzlaf( Corey Perry, Ric Jackman) 5:44. (5) Anaheim: Travis Moen( Rob Niedermayer, Scott Niedermayer) 17:09
Christoph Schubert, Ottawa (slashing) 6:37; Andrej Meszaros, Ottawa (interference) 10:03; Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim (hooking) 13:08; Chris Pronger, Anaheim ( holding the stick) 19:16.
team1 = Ottawa Senators
team2 = Anaheim Ducks
score1 = 2 – 3
won1 = 2Anaheim Ducks defenceman
Chris Prongerwas suspended for game four because of an elbow he delivered to the head of Senator Dean McAmmondin game three. Once again, the Ducks had to deal with the loss of Pronger while the Senators were itching to win both home games and tie the series.
After nearly a full period of scoreless play,
Daniel Alfredssonscored at 19:59 (0.3 seconds remained) of the first to give the Senators a 1–0 lead on a powerplay goal. The momentum seemed to continue shifting from game three in Ottawa's favor as Anaheim could only get two shots the entire period. However, the NBC broadcasters noticed Ottawa embellishing some diving moves, such as Ray Emery falling down after being lightly grazed by a speeding Ryan Getzlaf, which resulted in the penalty and thus the power play goal.
In the second, the Ducks replied with two goals by
Andy McDonaldmidway through the period to put them up 2–1. Ottawa came back with two minutes left in the period to tie the game 2–2 on a goal from Dany Heatley, his only goal of the series.
The game's most controversial moment came in the final five seconds of the second period. With the puck at center ice, Alfredsson shot the puck, which hit
Scott Niedermayer. The incident appeared intentional, although Alfredsson claimed after the game that it was not. Niedermayer was not injured, but the Ducks were furious, sparking a post-buzzer scrum next to the Anaheim bench before the teams left the ice for the intermission. To the surprise of NBC's broadcasters, Alfredsson was not penalized for his actions, but Mike Fisher and Samuel Pahlsson were each handed matching minors for roughing.
The Ducks responded to the incident on the score board as
Dustin Pennerscored at 4:07 of the third to provide the winning 3–2 Anaheim margin, putting them up 3–1 in the series and provided an opportunity for the Ducks to clinch the Cup in game five.
Scoring: (1) Ottawa:
Daniel Alfredsson(Peter Schaefer, Mike Fisher) PP 19:59.
Penalties: Francois Beauchemin, Anaheim (slashing) - 0:58;
Corey Perry, Anaheim ( cross-checking) 3:54; Chris Neil, Ottawa (interference) 6:13; Corey Perry, Anaheim ( roughing) 17:11; Patrick Eaves, Ottawa (holding) 17:11; Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim ( goaltender interference) 18:16
Scoring: (1) Anaheim:
Andy McDonald( Todd Marchant, Corey Perry) 10:06; (2) Anaheim: Andy McDonald( Rob Niedermayer, Sean O'Donnell) 11:06; (2) Ottawa: Dany Heatley( Patrick Eaves, Jason Spezza1:02
Chris Neil, Ottawa (interference) 4:29; Chris PhillipsOttawa (hooking) 8:02; Samuel Pahlsson, Anaheim ( roughing) 20:00; Mike Fisher Ottawa ( roughing) 20:00
Scoring: (3) Anaheim:
Dustin Penner(Teemu Selanne, Andy McDonald) 4:07
Penalties: Francois Beauchemin, Anaheim (holding)
Anaheim Ducks 2007 Stanley Cup champions
Stanley Cup champion
*23 Francois Beauchemin
Chris Pronger(A. Capt.)
Aaron Rome† (played 1 playoff game)
wingers=*8 Teemu Selanne
Rob Niedermayer(A. Capt.)
*26 Samuel Pahlsson
Mark Hartigan†(played 1 playoff game)
*35 Jean-Sebastien Giguere
*29 Sebastien Caron †(Subitution goalie)
player-notes=† Did not qualify to be on the Stanley Cup, but included on the team picture.
Henry Samueli(Governor/Owner), Susan Samueli (Owner),
* Michael Schulman (Chief Executive Officer/President)
Brian Burke(Vice President/General Manager),
*Tim Ryan (Vice President/Chief Operating Officer), Bob Wagner (Vice President),
*Bob Murray (Vice President-Hockey Operations),
David McNab(Assistant General Manager), Al Coates (Sr. Advisor to General Manager),
Randy Carlyle(Head Coach), Dave Farrish (Ass't Coach), Newell Brown (Ass't Coach),
*Francois Allaire (Goaltending Consultant), Sean Skahan (Strength-Conditioning Coach),
*Joe Trotta (Video Coordinator), Tim Clark (Trainer),
*Mark O’Neil (Equipment Manager), John Allaway (Assistant Equipment Manager),
*James Partida (Massage Therapist),
Rick Paterson(Director of Pro Scouting), Allan Chainey (Director of Amateur Scouting)
Only four players were left from the Ducks 2003 team that lost in finals to the New Jersey Devils - Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Rob Niedermayer, Samuel Pahlsson, Andy McDonald (Did not play in the playoffs in 2003).
The 2007 Stanley Cup Finals were also notable for their below-average television ratings. While coverage in Canada on CBC pulled in 2,608,000, 2,378,000, and 2,553,000 (for Games 1, 2, and 3 respectively), slightly higher than their numbers for equivalent games last year, viewership in the United States was dismal. game three's coverage on
NBCgarnered a mere 1.1 rating [http://www.cbc.ca/cp/entertainment/070605/e060581A.html] (approximately 1,205,600 households), making it the lowest rated prime-time broadcast in the network's history. For comparison, game six of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, broadcast opposite game three on cable-channel TNT, achieved a 5.3 rating, approximately 5,808,800.
Games one and two were carried in the United States on cable channel Versus, with 523,000 and 446,000 households for game 1 and 2, respectively. [http://www.cbc.ca/cp/media/070604/X060419AU.html]
Game four on NBC in the United States achieved a 1.9 rating (approximately 2,082,400 households), down 5% from game four of last year's series [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/playoffs2007/news/story?id=2894490 ESPN - Game three equals NBC's lowest rating ever for prime-time program - NHL ] ] . game five received slightly less, 1.8 (approximately 1,972,800) [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2897126 ESPN - Ratings for Stanley Cup finals down 20 percent - NHL ] ] . As a whole, the United States rankings on NBC were down 20% from last year's series, making it the least-watched (in the United States) finals.
2006–07 NHL season
2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs
2007 in ice hockey
List of Stanley Cup champions
Notes and references
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