Defending Cup champ Ducks eliminated Print
Written by Admin   
Sunday, 20 April 2008 19:11
NHL Headline News

 DALLAS (AP) -Ducks season is over - without another Stanely Cup.
Defending champion Anaheim was eliminated from the playoffs with a 4-1 loss in Game 6 at Dallas on Sunday night, ending the first-round Western Conference series.
``We're disappointed because we believed we could do better,'' Scott Niedermayer said. ``Come up short like that, it explains itself.''
Like the four Stanley Cup champions before them, the Anaheim Ducks failed to even make it past the first round of the playoffs. At least they made the postseason, unlike Carolina and Tampa Bay, the two previous champs.
But Anaheim never could recover after losing the first two games of the series at home. And they couldn't hold on to force a do-or-die Game 7 at home after taking a 1-0 lead early in the second period. Dallas scored twice in a 52-second span to open the third period and advanced in the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
``We didn't prosper like we did last year for whatever reason,'' Ducks left wing Chris Kunitz said. ``We didn't step up when we needed to in the playoffs.''
The Ducks lost only five games and never faced an elimination game in the 2007 playoffs.
``This is not a very happy ending,'' said Teemu Selanne, who didn't rejoin the Ducks until the final 26 games of the regular season in hopes of hoisting the Cup again.
Selanne said he doesn't regret his decision to return, but won't decide for a ``month or so'' if he will come back for a 17th NHL season.
Niedermayer, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as last year's playoff MVP, also didn't start the season with the Ducks. He sat out the first 34 games before coming back.
Then the Ducks finished the regular season, and started the playoffs, without top goal scorer Corey Perry because of a freak quad injury sustained when he was sliced by a goalie's skate. Perry didn't play until Game 4 against the Stars, and had the only Anaheim goal Sunday night 2:11 into the second period.
Anaheim still had that lead when Stephane Robidas scored a power-play goal 1:18 into the third period, and Stu Barnes quickly got another goal past Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
``You start off your first two games at home and you lose them both, you're scratching and clawing trying to get back in the series,'' captain Chris Pronger said. ``We gave ourselves an opportunity being up 1-0 going into the third. (After those goals), they just trapped us to death.''
Pronger's season ended in the penalty box. He was whistled for cross-checking with 1:31 left.
It was still a one-goal game with 2:42 left when Perry and Ryan Getzlaf - the Ducks' top two scorers - were stifled in front of the Dallas net. Perry was on the ice in a pile with goalie Marty Turco, who had the puck and the series secured under him.
Seconds later, Loui Eriksson's goal put the game out of reach. Mike Modano added an empty netter with 4 seconds left.
Colorado was the last defending Stanley Cup champ to advance in the postseason, getting to the 2002 Western Conference finals before losing in seven games to eventual champion Detroit. The Red Wings, still the last to win back-to-back Cups (1997 and 1998), were then swept by the Ducks in the opening round of the 2003 playoffs.
``We tried. Every guy gave it everything he had,'' Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. ``You thank them for their work ethic throughout the course of the season, but their lack of execution in the playoffs is an issue we'll deal with over the summer.''

NHL Team Pages

Top NHL Public Bets

#1 52 San Jose Sharks 86%
#2 65 Pittsburgh Penguins 82%
#3 56 Montreal Canadiens 76%
#4 71 Washington Capitals 67%
#5 63 Chicago Blackhawks 66%
#6 68 Minnesota Wild 64%
#7 61 Detroit Red Wings 64%
#8 54 Toronto Maple Leafs 57%
#9 70 Arizona Coyotes 51%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

NHL Futures

View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.