Well, it's obvious you can't be impartial, smike...
HR Posted Jun 20, 2007 7:21 AM
Alfie's hit on Talinder must still be reverberating inside your skull. There's no other rational explanation for your continued diatribe against him.
Alfie would have been the hands-down favorite to win the Conn Smyth had the Sens prevailed in the SCF. He showed me (and I'm clearly not a Sens fan) that he had the heart of a champion throughout the playoffs. He played more like a Canadian than most Canadians, including those on your beloved Sabres. His "classless" shot at Niedermayer wasn't the smartest, but NOTHING in his long career has ever pointed to him being anything other than a model citizen. So much for your sour grapes.
The Sens made it to the SCF. They did not choke. And when was the last time Buffalo was there? For the past two years, the American media have been gushing about the Sabres, and how they were the role model for the post CBA NHL. It was very similar to the warm and fuzzies thrown out to the NBA's Phoenix Suns. Offense and scoring are sexy, but the San Antonio Spurs and Detroit Pistons have been the two dominant teams in the NBA in the past decade. Like the Ducks, they play "boring", fundamentally sound, defensive basketball. Yet the TV ratings have been abysmal, because it's not exciting to watch. The Sabres and Penguins are/were fun teams to watch, much like the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. But, as the old saying goes, defense wins championships, and the Ducks clearly had the best NHL's blueline and two of the best goalies. The Sens - a much more offensively gifted team - were beaten by a physically stronger and mentally tougher Ducks team. They did not choke, but they were beaten in the same manner that they beat the Sabres. Nobody choked. The best team won.