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By Adam Brady
Updated June 27 at 9:59 a.m.
ESPN.com has a story on the top free agent forwards available, some of which could interest the Ducks, depending on what happens with Teemu. CLICK HERE to read it in today's Media Roundup.
Updated June 27 at 9:52 a.m.
With the hockey season several months away from starting again, we have no choice but to turn to other sports these days. And it is with that in mind, that I present to you this disheartening news item from the world of competitive eating.
This is akin to Tiger Woods breaking an arm the week of the Masters or Roger Federer coming down with mono before Wimbledon. My favorite part of the story is this quote: "[My jaw] has abandoned the frontline."
CLICK HERE for the story.
Updated June 26 at 5:16 p.m.
FSN Prime Ticket is airing an Anaheim Ducks Postseason Special for the first of many times on Friday, June 29th at 11 p.m. The show will be hosted by FSN's Bill MacDonald and Ducks TV Analyst Brian Hayward and will recap the regular season and postseason. They also will discuss what is in store for Anaheim next season with Ducks GM Brian Burke.
(Thanks to message board member jsfpreditor for this info.)
Updated June 25 at 11:29 a.m.
It's great to be back in Orange County after traveling for what seemed like an entire day yesterday, taking two flights from Columbus to here. On the Columbus-to-Houston flight I was in the last row, right next to the bathroom. People would keep coming back and using it and then would LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN! Who does that? Apparently, many people. I would have leaned over and closed it myself, but I was sitting next to the window and the 20-something girl next to me on the aisle was fast asleep while clutching a stuffed monkey. I didn't want to disturb that.
On the Houston-to-OC flight, they did serve lunch (cheeseburger) and showed a movie, "Catch and Release" with the wildly overrated Jennifer Garner. Not great, but it had a couple of laughs provided by Kevin Smith. I fell asleep during what was probably a roller-coaster ride of an ending. If anyone saw the ending, please don't bother emailing. I'm not that interested.
Okay, back to Ducks. There are a few nice stories in our Media Roundup today, including a great feature by the Register's Marcia Smith on J.S. Giguere. CLICK HERE to take a look.
Updated June 23 at 12:03 p.m.
I was walking back into the hotel after a long day at the Draft and a hotel employee saw my media credential and noticed it said Anaheim Ducks on it. He stuck out his hand and said, "Congratulations, by the way." I always love when people congratulate me for the Ducks winning the Cup. It reminds me of an old "Seinfeld" scene from when George was working for the Yankees. He's mad that Jerry got invited to their junior high's career day and he didn't.
George: With all due respect, I went there too, and I work for a team that just won the World Series.
Jerry: And you were integral.
Updated June 23 at 11:58 a.m.
In case you haven't already seen it, the Ducks traded Ryan Shannon for Jason King from the Vancouver organization and traded Tim Brent for Stephen Dixon from the Pittsburgh organization.
We only saw Brent for 15 games this season, but Shannon was with the Ducks for most of the year, playing in 53 regular season games and 11 playoff games. It's too bad to lose him. He always seemed like a nice kid, who skated hard and certainly fast. Plus, he provided one of the highlights of the early part of the year when he tried that slick spin move on Marty Turco during a shootout against Dallas. Also, I always liked him because he was from my father's hometown of Darien, Connecticut.
Here's hoping both he and Brent get opportunities with their new organizations and that King and Dixon someday make major contributions to the Ducks.
Updated June 23 at 7:05 a.m.
We're back at Nationwide Arena for Day 2 of the NHL Entry Draft, which promises to be much different from Day 1. CLICK HERE to check out today's Ducks Draft Blog.
Updated June 22 at 7:46 p.m.
Ducks fans, I think you're going to like Logan MacMillan. I just got done talking to him and he can't wipe the smile off his face. He also has the firmest handshake of any 17-year-old you'll ever meet (he turns 18 on July 5). CLICK HERE for more on the Ducks' first-round pick, which has a link to some audio.
And if you missed the Draft Blog, CLICK HERE.
Updated June 22 at 3:36 p.m
We're here at Nationwide Arena for the NHL Entry Draft and if we're going to do the Draft Blog on its own page. If you're interested in checking it out (please tell me you are), click below:
Updated June 22 at 1:12 p.m.
I found myself this afternoon doing work in my Columbus hotel room with the TV on behind me. One thing led to another, and suddenly an old episode of "Full House" came on. It's kind of unsettling to watching little toddler Michelle - with every cute little line she utters triggering the laugh track - knowing that Olsen twins are now dressing like bag ladies and one has an eating disorder.
Also unsettling is watching Bob Saget playing the sweet dad, Danny, knowing that Saget is among the most foul-mouthed standup comedians on the market. Today's episode involved Danny dating a seemingly perfect girl, only to discover that her apartment is a pig sty. Did they steal that story line from "Friends" or was it the other way around. In the "Friends" episode, it was Ross dating a character played by Rebecca Romijn, who was married to John Stamos, who used to star on ... wait for it ... "Full House". Interesting.
Stay tuned for Draft coverage in a couple of hours.
Updated June 22 at 10:54 a.m.
Check out today's MEDIA ROUNDUP for more on the J.S. Giguere signing, as well as the NHL Entry Draft, which starts later today.
For more on the NHL Entry Draft, visit our DRAFT CENTRAL section. Also, look for my live blog of the event this afternoon around 3 p.m.
Updated June 22 at 9:08 a.m.
There is a nice story in the Winnipeg Free Press on Dustin Penner's family celebrating the Stanley Cup title with him. I'm sure you already read the Winnipeg Free Press every day anyway, but in case you missed this edition, CLICK HERE to check out the article.
Updated June 22 at 8:54 a.m.
Here's a link to Pronger on Carson Daly last night. http://www.nbc.com/Last_Call_with_Carson_Daly/video/#mea=122266
and a photo:
Updated June 21 at 10:55 p.m.
Just in case anyone is still reading this late at night, Chris Pronger will definitely be on Carson Daly tonight at around 1:45 a.m. So, check it out or set your DVR. The interview ends with Carson taking a shot of tequila out of the cup.
Updated June 21 at 9:12 p.m.
Sorry I haven't posted anything all day, but I've spent most of the day traveling to Columbus for the NHL Entry Draft. It's almost midnight here in C-Bus and I've just arrived at the hotel.
First thing's first, great news about J.S. Giguere. I found out just about a half hour before taking off today, and that is definitely a good step 1 in defending the Stanley Cup title.
Now back to the travel, if I may. I've been on many an airplane over the past few months, but until today, they had all been Ducks charters. It's true, you really don't know how good you have it until you don't have it anymore.
It starts with the fact that I actually had to wait in the security line at John Wayne (or as they once called it in an episode of a certain teen drama about our county, "OC Airport"). I haven't had to do that in a while. As I weaved through that line, I realized I didn't have my liquids in the required plastic bag, since when the Ducks travel, we pack all of our toiletry kits together in a separate equipment bag that gets checked. Luckily, they had extra plastic bags waiting for idiots like me (little travel tip there).
Of course, there's no such thing as a connecting flight when you're flying charter, but I had to endure a flight to Denver first, then on to Columbus. Another thing you don't realize when you're flying charter, until you go commercial, is the fact that the flight attendants on the charter flights don't read that little safety speech before taking off. I guess they figure that people on charters already know how to fasten a seatbelt.
Both flights were shakier than an O.J. Simpson alibi (okay, I need to work on that one), which brings up another negative of not flying with the Ducks. I'm not saying that we never had turbulence when we traveled, but you know how you comfort yourself on a bumpy flight when there is a baby on board? You tell yourself that no higher power would ever let a plane crash that had a baby on it? Well, you can also find that same comfort when you're flying with a professional sports team. You think to yourself, no plane carrying the potential (at the time) Stanley Cup champions would ever go down! But you don't have that same far-fetched comfort when it's just a bunch of slobs like you making their way from Denver to Columbus.
So, instead you make that face that everybody makes when a flight hits turbulence, that "I'm not concerned in the least" face that the flight attendants make. Meanwhile, inside you're screaming like a little girl.
There was also no meal on board either flight and no movie (is this getting obnoxious yet?). Right before the flight to Columbus, I grabbed a bag of pretzels and ate them on the plane. Minutes later, they came around with a snacks for us ... pretzels.
But needless to say, both flights landed with no problem and now here I am in Columbus with a strong case of Draft fever! I'll be blogging from Nationwide Arena starting tomorrow, and the Ducks have the 16th pick, which they will use on someone you've probably never heard of. But the whole point is, hopefully you'll hear a lot about him and the other picks in the next couple of years. The Draft starts at 4 p.m. Pacific.
Alright, I'm off to find something to eat, because there is nothing healthier than a hardy meal after midnight.
Updated June 20 at 5:48 p.m.
Just came across a few photos from yesterday's pregame ceremony at Angels Stadium of Anaheim Located Just South of Los Angeles:
Updated June 20 at 10:40 a.m.
The L.A. Times has a couple of Ducks stories in today's edition. One covers how the Ducks' championship reflects on the Kings and the other is on the possibility of Scott Niedermayer's retirement. See them both and more on today's edition of the Media Roundup.
Updated June 20 at 10:27 a.m.
Here are a couple of updates on the Ducks and the Cup making TV appearances this week:
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY: Chris Pronger will appear on the show with the Cup, set to air Thursday morning (June 21) at 1:35 a.m.
BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW PERIOD: J.S. Giguere will appear on the show with the Cup, set to air Friday evening on FSN West, time TBA.
Updated June 19 at 3:56 p.m.
Starting Friday morning, I will be blogging from the NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio. Topics will range from the Draft itself to life in Columbus to a recap of flying commercial for the first time in two-and-a-half months. Should be thrilling, so get ready for it. In the meantime, get all the information on the upcoming NHL Draft at Ducks Draft Central.
Updated June 19 at 3:24 p.m.
We don't have any news regarding Scott Niedermayer or Teemu Selanne's retirement plans. But here's a story from NHL.com looking into the possibility of Niedermayer hanging it up. CLICK HERE to read it.
Updated June 19 at 3:22 p.m.
The latest edition of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Stanley Cup Journal is available. CLICK HERE to check it out. There will be a link to it on our home page from now on, so take a look when it's updated every Tuesday and Friday.
Updated June 18 at 11:58 p.m.
I'm getting a lot of email on this, so I figured I'd post something. When we find out specifically where and when the Stanley Cup is going to be put on display, we will definitely post it on the website. There are definitely plans to have the Cup on display to the public (beside the Angels game Tuesday night), but they have not been set yet. When they are, we will certainly post them. It will likely be made available to the public again after the names are engraved on it.
On another note, I just got done reading Michael Farber's story on the Ducks' championship in the latest Sports Illustrated. It focuses mostly on Scott and Rob Niedermayer, and it's fantastic. Check it out online by CLICKING HERE.
Updated June 18 at 4:47 p.m.
Just a reminder that several Anaheim Ducks of Anaheim players and the Stanley Cup of Lord Stanley will be on hand for first-pitch ceremonies at tomorrow night's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim game. The Cup will also be available for public viewing during the game.
Updated June 18 at 10:27 a.m.
The YouTube Ducks tributes keep on coming. This time we have one from a fan who calls himself Ale "McDuck" and put together a very nicely done photo tribute set to the new Bon Jovi tune "(You Want to) Make a Memory. Try getting that song out of your head the rest of the day.
Updated June 18 at 9:54 a.m.
Happy late Father's Day to everyone. When you get a chance, check out our Saturday with Stanley feature, a photo diary of an impromptu tour with the Cup around the Orange County coast. My apologies for not getting this up sooner. I was spending time with my dad. So, it's his fault.
Updated June 15 at 12:32 p.m.
The Hockey Hall of Fame has updated its Stanley Cup Journal (which they do every Tuesday and Friday). CLICK HERE for the latest installment.
Updated June 15 at 12:27 p.m.
A fan who goes by the name Duckbill has posted a nice video on YouTube commemorating the Ducks' title.
CLICK HERE to view it.
Updated June 15 at 12:01 p.m.
We've added to the Stanley Cup Champions photo gallery, after the Ducks took the Cup to Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA and Children's Hospital of Orange County.
CLICK HERE to see the photos.
Updated June 14 at 5:51 p.m.
And Lidstrom takes the Norris. So, Pahlsson, Niedermayer and Pronger are shut out. What's that saying about it being an honor just being nominated?
CLICK HERE for the full story and the other winners.
Updated June 14 at 5:36 p.m.
Unfortunately, Samuel Pahlsson did not win the Selke Trophy at the NHL Awards, It went to Carolina's Rob Brind'Amour for the second year in a row.
Updated June 14 at 4:52 p.m.
Well, so much for Versus airing the NHL Awards at 4 p.m. As I write this, World Extreme Cagefighting is on. I wish I were making that up. Unless Lidstrom, Pronger and Niedermayer are cagefighting for the right to hold the Norris Trophy, something's gone horribly wrong at good ol' Versus.
Incidentally, I'd take Pronger. Bigger reach than Lidstrom and Niedermayer.
UPDATE: The telecast has now been changed to 8 p.m.
Updated June 14 at 10:51 a.m.
NHL.com has a nice story in its site offering 16 reasons why the Ducks won the Cup. CLICK HERE to take a look.
Updated June 13 at 4:25 p.m.
As mentioned before, we plan on including our own Where's the Cup? feature on this website. It will document the Cup's travels with each Ducks player, including photos and interviews when possible. In the meantime, the Hockey Hall of Fame's website is doing its own Cup journal, and it's nicely done. It is updated every Tuesday and Friday.
CLICK HERE to check it out.
Updated June 13 at 3:58 p.m.
Keep an eye out for these Stanley Cup appearances in the near future:
June 19 - Angel game: Pronger, Getzlaf, Kunitz and Penner
June 19 - Best Damn Sports Show Period (FSN West): J.S. Giguere
June 20 - NBC's Last Call with
June 25 - VH1 Top 20 Countdown (filmed in NY with host Aamer Haleem): Ryan Getzlaf
Updated June 13 at 11:29 a.m.
Just when you thought you were done watching Versus for awhile, the NHL Awards in Toronto are being televised on the channel Thursday at 4 p.m.
Samuel Pahlsson is up for the Selke, given to the top defensive forward, while Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger are up for the Norris, given to the league's top defenseman. If you can't catch it on TV, we'll have the results right here after they're announced.
Updated June 13 at 11:08 a.m.
In case you weren't aware, we have been posting news clips about the Ducks in our Media Roundup for the last couple of months, and will continue to do so this offseason and beyond. The Media Roundup is usually updated every weekday around 11 a.m. In the future, you can find Media Roundup under the Press Box pulldown menu. Here's a direct link.
Updated June 13 at 9:35 a.m.
In all the hoopla surrounding the Ducks' Game 5 victory, I had forgotten about the National Anthem, where the singer (Staff Sergeant Juan Contreras) stole a page out of the Canadian book and let the crowd sing part of the song. Knowing it was coming, I was a little nervous that the mostly American crowd couldn't pull it off, but they certainly held their own. And, of course, someone has captured it on YouTube.
CLICK HERE to see it. I don't think you have to stand if you don't want to.
Updated June 12 at 3:58 p.m.
Step 1 in the offseason quest to shore up the Ducks for next year was taken by signing Travis Moen and George Parros each to two-year contracts. That's very good to see. Two very strong players and both great guys. Glad they'll be here for the long haul.
If you're feeling a little wistful, someone has posted the Ducks' Game 5 opening video montage on You Tube. CLICK HERE to see it. Also on You Tube is a fan's view of the closing minute of Game 5. CLICK HERE to see that. And if you don't get chills when that clock hits zero, you might want to check your pulse.
Updated June 12 at 1:53 p.m
Game 5 is still playing on a loop in the lobby of the Ducks' offices and I must say I never get sick of it.
There is a nice story by Marcia Smith (who truly is one of the best writers in this market) in today's OC Register, focusing on the Ducks' families in the aftermath of the victory. CLICK HERE to read it.
Updated June 11 at 10:24 p.m.
Okay, this has nothing to do with hockey or the Ducks, but I'm putting it in here anyway. And here's how I'm making it tie into the Ducks. Someone wrote me an email over the weekend saying that now that the season is over and there is no hockey to watch until the fall, the only thing to look forward to was the finale of The Sopranos. And now that I've seen it, I'm left a little perplexed.
I think I speak for millions when I say I initially thought my TiVo malfunctioned at the end of the episode. Then when I found out it didn't, I was disappointed. But the more I read about the ending, the more it makes sense (I think). Maybe it requires a repeat viewing, which isn't exactly a ringing endorsement. Regardless, it was still better than the Seinfeld finale, which ranks as one of the biggest disappointments of my adult life.
Speaking of TV, the series premiere of Rescue Me is Wednesday night. If you're not already watching this show, I urge you to give it a shot. It stars Denis Leary and he's a huge hockey fan who plays in a celebrity league. So there, that's how that ties into hockey.
Rest assured, the blog is not running out of gas just because it's the offseason. I'm not going to start posting descriptions of what I had for lunch (a BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad from CPK) or anything like that. We'll have plenty to talk about over the next few weeks and I want to get the fans involved in offering their thoughts. Will Teemu retire? Will Scotty retire? Will Jiggy re-sign? Will Georgie be on the Cup (I'll get to that very soon)? Where will the Cup be this summer? Will Adam ever lose the weight he gained from being on the playoffs road for two months?
All compelling issues and we'll cover them all and much more.
Updated June 11 at 5:37 p.m.
Due to popular demand, we have posted two different Stanley Cup Champions desktop wallpapers on the site. They might make it hard to see your icons, but who needs icons when you've got the Cup?
CLICK HERE to check them out.
Updated June 11 at 2:13 p.m.
Finally, it's here. We've gone through literally thousands of photos to post a bunch for you to look at. Included in our Stanley Cup Champions photo galleries are action from the clincing Game 5, the postgame celebration, shots of the Ducks taking the Cup to Newport Beach and last Saturday's Fan Celebration. I hope you enjoy them. We may be adding photos later, so keep an eye out for that.
Updated June 10 at 11:18 a.m.
You remember waking up the morning after a prom or a wedding or Christmas or some other big event you've been looking forward to for months? It's finally come and gone and you have that "What now?" sensation? That "Can't believe it's over" thing? I can't shake that feeling right now.
The last four nights have been incredible, but what now? We've got to find a way to keep this going, at least in this space. And we plan on doing that by covering the Ducks' offseason with gusto. We plan on doing a Where's the Cup? feature, letting the fans know who has the Cup and where they're taking it. We haven't locked down the details of exactly how we're going to cover it, but rest assured that it will keep you informed and, hopefully, entertained.
Also, we will be working all day Monday on posting pictures that include everything from the Game 5 postgame, the Ducks with the Cup on the beach, last night's fan celebration and more. We have literally thousands of pictures to go through, so hopefully you understand the delay.
And look at it this way. Remember when you were a kid and Christmas had come and gone and you got a little depressed? Then a couple of days later you got excited when a wrapped gift from some aunt came rolling in? Look at it like that.
Updated June 9 at 9:26 p.m.
I hope everybody who made it to the celebration had a fantastic time. It certainly was a great event and I couldn't believe how many people were out there. It did get a little chilly later in the evening. At one point I was holding a jacket since it wasn't quite cold enough to put it on. A tiny female friend of mine asked if she could wear it. When it got colder, I didn't have the heart to ask for it back. Other than that, a great time.
I never did get my hands on a free hot dog. The lines were so long I remember thinking I'd pay $10 just to not have to wait in line for one.
For a recap of the night, CLICK HERE.
Updated June 9 at 12:05 p.m.
Do yourself a favor today, if you don't already have it, and pick up the OC Register. There is a fantastic commemorative spread in there saluting the team. It's definitely a keepsake.
Hope to see everybody at the celebration today. I guess it goes without saying that arriving early would be a good idea. CLICK HERE for more info on that.
I mentioned this before, but we're in the midst of gathering the many photos of the Stanley Cup celebration to put on the site. So, look for that in the next couple of days. Sorry for the delay on that.
Updated June 8 at 3:17 p.m.
In case you missed J.S. Giguere, Chris Pronger and Brad May on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" last night, here's a photo:
Updated June 8 at 2:45 p.m.
Just wanted to let you all know that we're currently working on posting way, WAY more photos of the Ducks postgame celebration. Stay tuned for that.
Updated June 8 at 1:06 p.m.
Alright, after a long, intense business meeting (not really), the site has been renamed. It's not inspiring, but hopefully some of the content will be.
Updated June 8 at 11:20 a.m.
We want to keep this blog going through the offseason, so obviously it's going to need a new name. I'm thinking something really complex, like Ducks Blog, but we'll see. We'll keep you posted.
Right now the smell coming from the Ducks locker room is wafting into the hallway connecting the Honda Center offices and it is really something. It's a pleasant combination of stale champagne and beer combined with sweaty hockey equipment. I think the best solution is just to tear down the whole locker room and just build a new one.
For some indication of where that smell came from, check out this story that was sent to me by CLICKING HERE.
Updated June 8 at 9:37 a.m.
Here's reason No. 571 why TiVo may be the greatest invention of the last 100 years. Last night I watched the last few minutes of Game 5 on TiVo and there were countless points where I still get the chills:
- Corey Perry scoring that sixth goal with exactly three minutes left and getting mobbed by his teammates on the ice. The first one to get there is Sean O'Donnell, who absolutely drills Perry with a hug. Yet the Ducks on the bench don't exactly lose their minds, knowing there is still time left in the game.
- Chris Pronger taking the puck up the ice as the seconds tick down 3...2...1 and the horn finally sounding. Then the camera swings to the area around the Ducks goal, where Ryan Getzalf waves his hands like a little kid on Christmas morning and jumps on J.S. Giguere. Then Perry arrives and does the same thing. Soon every Duck joins them and the area behind where the goal once stood is just a see of black jerseys.
- Gary Bettman naming Scott Niedermayer the Conn Smythe winner and seeing all the Ducks raise their hands in approval.
- Niedermayer interviewed after the game looking as animated as he's ever been. Then seeing him raise the Cup over his head and let out an out-of-character scream.
- Scott nodding over to someone off-camera, indicating he should come over, then we soon see it's brother Rob, who is the first to take the Cup from him and hold it over his head. Then Pronger holds it, then Teemu.
- Teemu too emotional to be interviewed by NBC's Pierre McGuire, as he's embracing his wife and talking in her ear. (This is where it seemed to get really dusty in my living room, or maybe my hay fever was acting up.)
- Then NBC signing off with Doc Emerick saying: "Stanley Cup champions! No practice tomorrow!"
Updated June 7 at 5:41 p.m.
Assorted Ducks quotes following Game 5:
"When I came here, I didn't know a lot about a lot of the players that were here. We just kept having fun, kept wanting to work hard for each other."
- Scott Niedermayer
"I've been waiting for this for such a long time. There were times I didn't believe this was ever going to happen. To win it in front of our fans, I can't think of a better way."
- Teemu Selanne
"This is the best feeling I've had in my career. It's probably the best feeling I'll ever have in my career. I couldn't have written anything up like this."
- Rob Niedermayer
"I'm really exhausted right now, but we're going to enjoy it and look forward to a good summer."
- J.S. Giguere
"There was a lot of adversity we faced throughout the course of the season, and all that has made us stronger and made us a better team. To finish this in front of our fans is awesome."
- Chris Pronger
Updated June 7 at 2:01 p.m.
J.S. Giguere, Chris Pronger, Brad May and the Stanley Cup will appear after the opening monologue on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" at 11:35 p.m. on NBC.
Updated June 7 at 1:08 p.m.
In case you were wondering, this is who gets their name engraved on the Cup, from the NHL by-laws:
"A player who has dressed for 40 or more games in the regular National Hockey League season, and is a member of his club after the final cut-off date...or a player who actually participated in the Final Series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and whose club subsquently wins the Stanley Cup shall be eligible to have his name engraved thereon. The winning club shall be responsible for providing the League with a list of playing and non-playing personnel whose names shall be engraved on the trophy. The size of the list shall be governed by space restrictions. Most clubs include their official team website blogger on the list."
Okay, I added the last part.
Now, George Parros only appeared in 34 games this season and did not play in the Final. I haven't heard anything official about this, but teams are able to petition the league to include players who wouldn't otherwise qualify. We'll try to follow up on that.
Updated June 7 at 12:40 p.m.
Sorry. We'll have some more stuff posted later in the day when I get my bearings around here. Stay tuned.
Updated June 6 at 10:28 p.m.
THE DUCKS ARE STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS! I can't believe how good it feels to say that. Do yourself a favor and check out the game recap and click the GAME PHOTOS link. You'll be glad you did.
I'm gonna go celebrate.
Updated June 6 at 2:34 p.m.
Countdown to puck drop:
CLICK HERE for the live game log
Updated June 6 at 12:13 p.m.
There is a nice story on the Ducks in the new issue of Sports Illustrated. CLICK HERE to check it out online.
By the way, you'll notice that the first two words of the story are "Andy Carlyle". I'm sure it's correct in the magazine. Let's hope.
Updated June 6 at 11:27 a.m.
This quote that ran in the OC Register this morning made me laugh out loud:
"I currently live and work in San Diego and there was no way I was going to be let out of work early for the Ducks' Game 5 ... so I quit."
Updated June 6 at 11:08 a.m.
Check out a preview of Game 5 by CLICKING HERE.
Updated June 6 at 10:53 a.m.
Written on the grease board in the Ducks' locker room:
Updated June 6 at 9:21 a.m.
We're just about 8 hours from the puck dropping in Game 5, and I know it's going to seem like an eternity.
I've been getting a lot of emails asking about this, so it better be addressed. Unfortunately, there will NOT be a watch party outside Honda Center for fans who didn't get tickets. But I'm hearing that fans will be gathering at several establishments in the area, including J.T. Schmid's, National Sports Grill, Lazy Dog Cafe, Hooters, ESPNZone at Disneyland, etc. I'm sure people in south OC could be at Fox Sports Grill, since they apparently packed that place for an official Ducks Watch Party while the team was in Ottawa.
Keep coming back to this page all day long, because I'll be updating it as we get closer and closer to Game 5.
Updated June 5 at 8:44 p.m.
A look at some numbers going into Game 5:
The Ducks' all-time record when facing a series-clinching game at home.
The number of one-goal victories for the Ducks this postseason, tying the mark set by the 1993 Montreal Canadiens and the '03 Ducks.
The Ducks' record on the road in their Stanley Cup Final history.
The number of times the Ducks have lost consecutive games this postseason.
The Ducks' record at home this postseason
The number of teams out of 28 that have taken a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final and ended up winning the Cup.
Updated June 5 at 6:57 p.m.
One thing I forgot to mention from today's travels that was rather symbolic. The Ducks and Sens arrived at the airport in Ottawa at approximately the same time. But who do you think got through the security line first?
Updated June 5 at 4:39 p.m.
Now is as good a time as any to say how wonderful it is to be home. Ottawa, as I've mentioned before, is a fantastic city, and all of us had a great time there (the Game 4 win certainly helped). But being back here in Orange County is a relief. And as nice as Ottawa is, we really don't want to go back.
Happy belated birthday to Francois Beauchemin, who turned 27 yesterday. Beauch celebrated by being one of the Ducks defensemen who stepped up in a big way in Chris Pronger's absence and he played a game-high 31:40. How about Beauch's quote about Alfredsson's shot at Scott Niedermayer?: "We'll definitely think about it the next time he comes to Anaheim."
Alright, that's it for now. Very much looking forward to Game 5. Despite the "On the Road with the Ducks" name, we'll keep this blog going throughout the rest of the Final (which, again, we hope ends tomorrow).