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June 26, 2007

June 26, 2007

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

STANLEY CUP SPECIAL

Sens struggled mightily

Despite a top line that finished 1-2-3 in playoff scoring, the Senators couldn’t string enough goals together to slow down the Ducks. Because of Giguere’s strong positioning and rebound control, the Sens scored most of their goals on tips and bounces. Five of Ottawa’s 11 goals in the series changed direction on the way to the net, while the Ducks only had four. The Sens struggled to maintain a solid presence in front of the goal and failed to get enough pucks through Anaheim’s strong defensive front. Facing elimination in Game 5, the Senators only managed 13 shots on goal. THE GOALS 1. Game 1 Fisher bounces puck off Giguere’s shoulder, trickles in net 2. Game 1 Redden slapshot from blueline finds top left corner 3. Game 3 Neil deflects in quick feed 4. Game…

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Polaski a champion, but lapped by aunt

Colorado Eagles right winger Scott Polaski has a long way to go before gaining family bragging rights. When your aunt is legendary speed skater Bonnie Blair, the most decorated woman in U.S. Olympic history with five gold medals, you have to start somewhere, though. Polaski earned some championship stripes of his own as the Eagles won the President’s Cup championship in six games over the Laredo Bucks. “I probably need at least four more championships to even come close to what she’s accomplished,” Polaski told the Fort Collins Coloradoan. Colorado right winger Greg Pankewicz was named post-season MVP. It was the second title in three seasons for the Eagles…Rapid City, S.D., will join the CHL for 2008-2009.…

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Devilish Ducks new blueprint?

THERE IS MUCH TO LIKE about the Anaheim Ducks and their crusade to capture the 2007 Stanley Cup. For starters, it’s refreshing a modern-era team from the West Coast has finally won the big one, hereby eliminating the excuse of travel. If the Ducks can do it, so can the Kings, Canucks and Sharks. It’s heart-warming to see sniper Teemu Selanne breathe the air at hockey’s pinnacle after so many years of climbing. Ditto for GM Brian Burke, a master architect who deserves recognition. We also admire the leadership styles of coach Randy Carlyle and captain Scott Niedermayer, two men who set the tone for a champion. In the face of some adversity, the Ducks generals remained composed and excuse-free, assuming the onus of accountability. Even after Niedermayer understandably, if uncharacteristically, wanted a…

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Hard work rewarded

An undrafted free agent heading into his rookie year, Tim Wallace will feel a little more secure in his second season. The 22-year-old right wing split 2006-07 between Pittsburgh’s AHL and ECHL affiliates, finishing the year in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He was rewarded by the Penguins with a two-year entry-level NHL contract. “It was a long season,” Wallace said. “I went to the rookie camp on a tryout and from there went to the main camp and to Wilkes-Barre’s camp, then I was up and down throughout the year. I thought I played pretty well and luckily I got a contract. It was a good year.” A 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of Anchorage, Alaska, Wallace had five goals and 14 points in 32 regular season games for Wilkes-Barre. He had 17 points in 19 games for Wheeling. “It…