Ottawa seemed in a daze as the Ducks scored the first 2 goals of the game: 1 off a power play by Andy McDonald, and the second coming from Rob Niedermayer.
Ottawa had some revival after the first intermission as they scored a goal, but were put down again as Anaheim scored. Going into the third period, the Ducks were up 4-2. Anaheim closed the game scoring 2 unanswered goals.
The Senators did not show any signs of panic, when at the time, desperation was really needed. It was too late to try to catch up in the 3rd, as the Ducks ran away. Scott Neidermayer won the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the NHL playoffs. Although he did not score in Game 5, he did have an assist and played well. Props go to Chris Pronger or separating his should early in the game, and returning to play.
This does need celebration because Southern California has never had a NHL Stanley Cup and now we can say after only 14 years our Anaheim Ducks brought us one. With such a young core of players, watch for a potential Ducks repeat.
Hey, maybe I will watch hockey next year. MAYBE.
To be continued...