Game 5 Notebook
Anaheim Ducks' Travis Moen, who scored two goals in the Game 5 victory, celebrates winning the Stanley Cup Wednesday, June 6, 2007.
Yet, it was Moen that scored two goals in the game, including the game-winner in the 6-2 win.
Amazingly, he finished the campaign with seven goals, tied for second on the team with the aforementioned Getzlaf, just two behind McDonald’s team-leading 10 goals. Moen was also clutch. Wednesday’s game-winner was the third such deciding goal of the tournament, including the memorable overtime goal he scored in the second round against Vancouver.
“Every day when I played street hockey, you dream about scoring the big goal,” Moen said. “To score the game-winning goal in a Stanley Cup game is unbelievable.”
It is safe to say that the game-winning goal Wednesday was uglier than anything he ever dreamed about while playing street hockey.
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“One was a little lucky, but in the playoffs pucks go in in funny ways. I’ll take it any way I can,” he said with a laugh.
But like they say, they don’t draw pictures in the box score. So years from now, fans will only know that Moen scored what proved to be the game-winning goal. Likely, they imagine a goal along the lines of the one Moen scored in those street-hockey games of his youth.
With typical modesty, Moen tried to deflect his contributions, which included a third-period deflection of a Francois Beauchemin slapper for the team’s fourth goal.
”I was just a small part,” he said. “It was 20 guys playing together, showing a lot of heart. We played a full 60 minutes and whenever we scored, we bounced back.”
And, because of that resiliency, Moen and his mates will forever be known as Stanley Cup champions. Has he come to grips with that?
There’s still a little bit of disbelief, I couldn’t believe it’s actually come to this,” he said. “I still can’t believe I won the Cup.”
--Shawn P. Roarke
Cup comes to Cali -- For the first time in NHL history, the Stanley Cup will summer in California.
The Ducks are the first-ever Califorina-based franchise to win the Stanley Cup. They entered the League in 1993-94, competed for the Cup in 2002-03 but lost in seven games to the New Jersey Devils. Now, in their 14th season since joining the NHL, the Anaheim Ducks have won the Stanley Cup.
In addition, the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in the 5th-fewest amount of years to start a franchise since 1968, when the NHL expanded from six teams to 12. Only the Edmonton Oilers (5), Philadelphia Flyers (7), New York Islanders (8), and Tampa Bay Lightning (12) were able to lift the Stanley Cup in fewer seasons than Anaheim.
- Brad Holland
“Again, seems like whatever line you put him on, he’s the guy that gets points for you. Tonight, was the Fisher line, it was a line because Alfie was there,” coach Bryan Murray said of his captain. “This guy to me has been the ultimate captain for our hockey team. He’s a hard-working guy. Driving force, and I think tonight he showed it again.”
Alfredsson’s two goals in Game 5 tied him with Jason Spezza for the League lead in playoff points. It was by far the most productive playoff season of his career, nine points higher than his previous high of 13. In fact, had he not recorded an assist in this postseason, he would’ve still reached an all-time high.
-- Brad Holland
Brother to brother -- Scott and Rob Niedermayer likely won the Stanley Cup in their driveway, playing road hockey, many times as young boys. This was the first time, however, they were able to do so in real life. Captain Scott even had the opportunity to pass the Stanley Cup to alternate Captain Rob.
“I’m new to this, too,” he said. “I didn’t know what I was going to do. You try and concentrate on the game. I wasn’t drawing up plans what I’m supposed to do right now. But I guess he’s one of the assistant captains. Maybe not quite the seniority, but I figured I could use my rank as captain to make that decision.
“I thought it would be pretty special to be able to do that.”
-- Brad Holland
Bring it on home -- Coach Randy Carlyle said many times over the course of the Final, even with his team up three games to one, that he never thought about winning the Stanley Cup.
But he couldn’t resist thinking about what he would do with it when he got it.
”If I have my day,” he said, “it will go back to Azilda arena where I played minor hockey in my hometown, go there for a half a day and take it to my cottage. There’s a community center in the Hamlet of Rockville on Manitoba Island, and I’d like it to go there.”
According to mapquest.com, the distance between Sudbury, Ontario and Anaheim, California is just over 2,600 miles.
-- Brad Holland
The Turning Point? -- Over the course of the celebrations and post-game interviews following the Anaheim Ducks’ first Stanley Cup, many players, the coach, and the general manager were all asked at least once to point to a specific “turning point” in the playoffs, or at least the moment when the Ducks knew they could win.
Each of the members of the Ducks declined to answer. But you could see, possibly, the hint of a turning point in Brian Burke’s eyes when he answered a question regarding his head coach’s decision to pull his goalie late in the Conference Semifinal.
The Ducks went on from that goal to win the game, as well as the next four. In fact, the only game they lost after that tying goal was Game 3 in Ottawa.
Burke gave all the credit to his coach for having the guys to pull the trigger.
”If (Detroit) scored a goal in an empty net, he gets hammered for that. Works out that he looks like a genius. I think he’s a genius,” he said.
-- Brad Holland
Power Outage -- When it counted the most, the Anaheim Ducks simply stopped the Ottawa attack at the source.
After averaging 22 shots on goal in the first four games of the series, the Ottawa Senators managed to take only 13 in the Ducks’ series and Stanley Cup clinching game.
Antoinne Vermette led the Senators with three shots on goal, with four of his teammates recording two (Daniel Alfredsson scored on each of his two shots). Two others recorded only one shot on goal, but 11 Senators did not record even one.
Scott Niedermayer credits his teammates dedication to the defensive end of the ice.
”It will always be important in winning any championship,” he said, referring to the big defensive plays in front of goaltender J.S. Giguere. “Those are things that aren’t easy to do. I guess when you’re focused on the game they’re fun to do, but they’re not easy. They don’t feel good. Sometimes they hurt when you block a shot.”
Eight different players recorded at least one blocked shot for the Ducks, with Pronger blocking the most at five. Four others blocked two, three others blocked one each.
”But when you’re committed to win you’re doing things like that,” Niedermayer went on. “Blocking shots, taking hits you’re giving hits but taking hits to make plays and that’s what we had our guys doing and that’s why we’re here.”
-- Brad Holland
Author: NHL.com Staff