Note: I’ve been meaning to post this for a few days, but after the three-day bender when my roomate’s friends visited…well, you get the idea.
If you used to read my AIM Profile back in the day, and chances are if you’re reading this than you were, then you might remember my fall prediction regarding the NHL and NBA champions.
I can’t find the exact text, but my prediction was as follows: The Anaheim Ducks would win the Stanley Cup and the Dallas Mavericks would capture the NBA Championship.
While the latter became a joke once the Warriors embarrassed the Mavs in the first round, the former actually came true.
The Anaheim (no longer Mighty, they don’t go by that anymore) Ducks: 2007 Stanley Cup Champs.
Not bad, eh?
At the time, I based my reasoning on Anaheim’s all-world goalie, Jean Sebastien Giguere, the Niedermayer brothers (Scott and Rob, especially Scott) and personal NHL ’95 favorite, Teemu Selanne (he scored 76 goals his rookie year, c’mon).
All that was pretty much accurate. Giggy held up his end of the deal and was spectacular. Scott Niedermayer won the Conn Smythe as the playoff MVP and Selanne was his usual self, scoring 48 goals in the regular season, albeit none in the Finals against Ottawa.
What I couldn’t have predicted was Andy McDonald’s performance and the basic ineffectiveness of Ottawa’s top line of Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson and Danny Heatley.
McDonald, Anaheim’s top center, but still relatively obscure, netted five goals and two assists against the Sens, including four goals in the last three games. You could have made a strong case for him as MVP.
Heatley, meanwhile, a much more marketable player, scored exactly ZERO goals in the finals, only registering a mere two assists. Spezza, not to be outdone, recorded the same pathetic line as Heatley, 0-2—2.
The only one who played dece was Alfredsson, who notched four goals and an assist, but may have inadvertently supplied the pivotal play of the series when he launched a post-whistle slapper at the end of the period right in the direction of Niedermayer’s head in Game 3. That resulted in a fired-up Ducks squad coming out after intermission and handing it to the Sens to win what many described as the swing game of the series.
Those events made for a 4-1 Ducks romp in the finals and a dead-on prediction by me.
Now, hold on while I pat myself on the back. Hold it……K, done.