Ducks take flight in Stanley Cup win

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANAHEIM – The Ducks are mighty once again. Ridiculed throughout the early years of their existence because of their Disney ownership and goofy logo, the Ducks will never again be mocked. They saw to that Wednesday night, when captain Scott Niedermayer lifted the Stanley Cup. The Ducks became the first California team in NHL history to win the Cup, as they turned a brilliant start into a 6-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Honda Center. In an effort typical of their season-long success, the Ducks got strong defense – they limited Ottawa to 13 shots -solid goaltending from Jean-Sebastien Giguere, balanced goal scoring and a couple lucky breaks. Travis Moen scored two goals – although one actually went in off the skate of Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips – and Andy McDonald, Rob Niedermayer, Francois Beauchemin and Corey Perry added goals for the Ducks. The Ducks took a 4-2 lead into the third period with its crowd roaring and calling for the Stanley Cup, and the Ducks all but clinched the game four minutes into the period on a deflection goal by Moen off Scott Niedermayer’s shot. Just to prove that the fates were with them, the Ducks faced, and stopped, a penalty shot. Chris Pronger hooked Antoine Vermette on a breakaway, but Vermette had the puck roll off his stick during the penalty-shot attempt. Perry added a slap-shot goal off an Ottawa turnover with three minutes remaining. The Ducks, beset by penalty woes throughout the playoffs, didn’t take a penalty in the final two periods, but it wasn’t always easy for the Ducks in Game 5. Ottawa controlled the puck for long portions of the second period, and it paid off with 8:33 remaining when Daniel Alfredsson picked up the puck in the slot and fired a high shot past Giguere. The Ducks reclaimed a two-game lead with a goal that will life in Cup Finals infamy. Phillips and goalie Ray Emery went behind the net to play the puck. Phillips lost control of the puck coming across the end line and it got caught in the skates of Emery and went into the net for a 3-1 Ducks lead. The goal, with 4:16 left in the period, was credited to Moen. With 2:22 left in the period and the Ducks on the power play, Alfredsson stripped Ryan Getzlaf of the puck, outskated Getzlaf down the length of the ice and beat Giguere for his second goal of the game. The Ducks went up 4-2 just 50 seconds later though, as Beauchemin ripped a slap shot from just inside the blue line that cleanly beat Emery. The Senators, who have benefitted from the Ducks’ lack of discipline throughout the series, had their own penalty problems early. Just 1:40 into the game, Tom Preissing went off for interference, and the Ducks had a 5-on-3 advantage when Anton Volchenkov was called for hooking Teemu Selanne. The Ducks struck 16 seconds later, when McDonald, positioned in the right faceoff circle, flipped a shot through the pads of goalie Ray Emery to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead. Emboldened by the early lead, the Ducks kept the pressure on, although they had one big scare. At the 8:45 mark, Ducks Beauchemin saved a goal by knocking the puck out of the air. Ottawa had its chance when the Ducks took consecutive penalties, but the Ducks struck just as they killed the second penalty. Niedermayer picked up the puck near the red line, beat Ottawa’s Mike Comrie down the right side and slipped a backhand shot past Emery for a 2-0 lead with 2:19 remaining in the period.last_img

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