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Old 05-28-2007, 09:54 PM   #286
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Great news, GG...I would have been losing my shit, too. I actually wish I was going with you. Especially to Ottawa - I think I would have to buy a Ducks jersey just for the trip!
Thanks, Dave. It was certainly a big relief! As soon as I set foot into Scotiabank Place, I'll have an extra guffaw at the 1926-1927 banner just for you.

2-1 after the second period...
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Old 05-28-2007, 10:50 PM   #287
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Old 05-28-2007, 11:40 PM   #289
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I think it's going to be a lonnng series, and maybe a great one.

You know you're a hockey fan when you watch every second of a game, and yet have absolutely no attachment to either team..although I was slightly disappointed when Anaheim scored that pull-ahead goal
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Old 05-29-2007, 12:24 AM   #290
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So I'm automatically supposed to root for a team I normally despise just because of the chance of geography? Give me a break.

If it were 3 Canadian teams and 1 American team, you can be damn sure American hockey fans wouldn't rally around the only US team, so why do people act like I'm a traitor to my country if I don't automatically cheer for the only Canadian team??

Besides, as trev said, there's a lot more Canadians on the Ducks than there are playing for Ottawa anyways.

No I wasn't directing it at you but towards Canadians in general. I just don't understand how Canadians by and large supported the Flames/Oilers in recent years and are generally shunning the Senatirs this time around.
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I'll be alright with whoever wins.. though I'd like to see the Sens make it.
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Old 05-29-2007, 01:50 AM   #292
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No I wasn't directing it at you but towards Canadians in general. I just don't understand how Canadians by and large supported the Flames/Oilers in recent years and are generally shunning the Senatirs this time around.
Haha, no, I know it wasn't personal.

Just a little rant.
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Old 05-29-2007, 08:34 AM   #293
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Since Islanders (my #1 team) didn't make it all the way, and Red Wings was eliminated I'm definitely cheering for the Sens. I would really love to see a Canadian team with a Swedish captain lift the Stanley Cup Trophy. Too bad the Ducks won game one... LET'S GO SENS!
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Hmmm, the Ducks won the kind of game which Ottawa has won throughout the playoffs. Interesting.

My reason for why Ducks defeat the Sens to be revealed if Ducks win....if not, it's moot.
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Old 05-29-2007, 03:39 PM   #295
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I must say, I'm not as confident about this series as the other ones (even before yesterday's loss). I don't care if it's Canada's team, it's Ottawa's team and that's good enough for me!

(although I,too, wonder why the Sens haven't been embraced like the Flames and Oilers were - maybe because they weren't in 7th or 8th place and are expected to go this far?)
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(although I,too, wonder why the Sens haven't been embraced like the Flames and Oilers were - maybe because they weren't in 7th or 8th place and are expected to go this far?)
It is a mystery, for sure I fully embraced The Oilers last year. Maybe that had something to do with my youth, and the team's lineage to the Gretzky days. I'd say that was true for many Canadians.

With Ottawa, Alfredsson is a mental obstacle for me...specifically, his perennial whining after the Sens have been ousted in the playoffs. He's blamed the referees, and basically everyone but his own mother for their early exits.

Sounds awful, but I need to see him humbled, and truly tested, in order to get behind him. How can he do it? Leading the team to a monumental comeback after being down 3-1 in the series would go a long way. If he can do this while playing with a broken arm, or one good eye, even better!

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Since I'm a swede and can't see the newsreports that you can (neither can I read your newspapers), I see Alfredsson as a quiet and hardworking player. Over here he's regarded as somewhat boring, and definitely not as a whiner or loudmouth. I am a bit surprised to learn this from you. However, I think most of us in Sweden is behind Ottawa not so much because of Alfie, but because Ottawa is a canadian team with tradition, passion and diehard fans. The Ducks feels more like a construction without that genuine hockey history.
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I think the underachievement of Ottawa for so many years plus the rivalry with Toronto aren't helping them with attracting support. Leaf fans aren't going to cheer for Ottawa or Montreal for that matter. I doubt Habs fans would ever cheer for a Leaf win either.

Like AOD said, overcoming great adversity is an endearing quality too. No one expect either Calgary or Edmonton to make it as far as they did. It was a testament to hard work and determination to win. Ottawa has had so much talent over the years yet kept letting their fans down. Even now, they didn't appear to have a tough challenge in their journey to the Cup final. And as far as I can tell, there isn't anyone on the team who captures the imagination of the fans.
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Ah, but if you lived in Ottawa, you would see that Alfie must have been humbled by past early exits as the days after their ouster(s), the media and the public target him as public enemy no. 1 and DEMAND his removal. In fact, his pic appeared on the front page last year and the paper said he and a couple others were singlehandedly to blame for the Sens' failure to go further.

In fact, that same ostracization was repeated earlier in the season when the Sens weren't cracking the top 8.

When I see Alfie playing the way he's been playing lately (grit, determination, skill, etc) I can't help but see it as a direct result of all the scorn that was heaped upon him over the years. I *almost* feel bad for him. Almost
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Game Two tonight. Come on Sens. Score more goals and win the game. Puleaaase!
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