June 6th, 2007
Both the Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators had squads that were chalked full of talent. The series easily could have gone to Game 7 if not for the tenacity, talent, and wholehearted dedication of the 2007 Anaheim Ducks team. Without missing a beat, the Ducks came out full force in Game 5 from the moment the puck dropped.
A penalty taken by the Senators gave the Ducks the man advantage and set them up to open the scoring. Chris Pronger, back from his suspension, and Ryan Getzlaf set up Andy McDonald perfectly 3:41 into the first period. A pass from Corey Perry gave Rob Niedermayer the perfect opportunity to rocket one past Ray Emery for the second goal of the night, giving the Ducks a 2-0 advantage.
Ottawa wasn’t going to rest easy and just hand the Ducks the game. They came out in the second period with a new attitude and scored two of their own goals; both goals credited to future Hall of Famer, Daniel Alfredsson. Travis Moen snuck in a goal in between Alfredsson’s two, allowing the Ducks to hold onto the lead. Francois Beauchemin and Andy McDonald would increase Ottawa’s deficit with the Ducks fourth goal just two minutes before the middle period ended.
With a 4-2 lead over the Senators, just 20 minutes stood between the Anaheim Ducks and the Stanley Cup. Travis Moen scored the Ducks fifth goal at 4:01 of the third. Corey Perry, a staple of the Ducks current lineup all these years later, added further damage and poured salt in Ottawa’s wounds, scoring the final goal of the game, at 17:00, giving the Ducks a 6-2 lead over their opponents.
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J.S. Giguere, easily the hero of the entire playoffs, stood tall in the net, keeping Ottawa off the board for the entire third period. The rest is history… the final buzzer sounded and for the first time in franchise history, the Anaheim Ducks got to partake in a moment that had been 13 seasons in the making.
Four teams and 14 years later, fan favorite and Anaheim Ducks fan favorite, Teemu Selanne finally got to raise the cup, easily the best moment of the entire celebration. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, the “twins”, and the only remaining members of the current team, were playoff heroes, leading the entire team in scoring with 17 and 15 points respectively.
12 Years Later
It has been 12 years since the Anaheim Ducks have won the Stanley Cup, and not a season goes by when Ducks Nation is hopeful that they will, once again, reign victorious and raise Lord Stanley once again. They have come incredibly close to making the Stanley Cup Finals in recent years and have been one of the most successful teams in terms of making it to the playoffs. Nevertheless, they have been missing the piece to their puzzle and have fallen short.
However, the good news is, they are just a few short moves away from being playoff ready again. This past season, as difficult as it was, could have been their fall from grace. That means they are just a few short steps away from a resurgence. It may not be this next season, but it would be no surprise to see the Anaheim Ducks raise Lord Stanley once again in the near future.
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