Heading to Alberta
Reflections on Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final with the series shifting to Edmonton for the next two contests:
It was Giguere, you may recall, who said "Cam Who?" last fall when he learned he wasn't on Canada's 81-name list of Olympic hopefuls and netminder Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes was included.
Just as Giguere took the '03 post-season by storm, so too has Ward, with a little help from Martin Gerber, bested Cristobal Huet, Martin Brodeur and Ryan Miller en route to the final. The difference between Giguere and Ward, however, is that while Giguere and the Ducks lost in seven to the Devils, Ward is on the verge of winning the Cup, having already lapped the motley Oilers goaltending crew.
When the time comes to name the 2010 Olympic roster, it's already a good bet to think that Ward's name will be even more prominent.
Instead of questioning his own team's lack of discipline, MacTavish suggested it was natural for his team to give a little extra oomph when it came to hitting Ladd in retribution for "taking out" Oiler goalie Dwayne Roloson in the series opener.
Geez, that's the kind of garbage Pat Quinn used to sell with the Leafs. Ladd certainly didn't take out Roloson - that was Marc-Andre Bergeron's doing.
Here's how loud it was in the RBC Centre for the first two games. NHL officials worried they may have lost seven to eight seconds off the clock in Game 1 because it was so difficult to discern when the referees had stopped play because the whistles couldn't be heard, even on replays.
With four power play goals on 15 chances in two games, it's pretty safe to say the Canes are winning that matchup.
That's bad goaltending, and Dwayne Roloson, Ty Conklin and Jussi Markkanen all had a hand in it. If there was a fourth option, you have to believe MacTavish would be happy to turn to it.