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Friday, August 17, 2007

Friday Ducks News

Well the next anticipated update of the Stanley Cup Journal has been posted and it is on Ilya Bryzgalov's day with the cup and Earl at BOC has a great look at Sammy Pahlsson' stats and general performance. That's it for news this morning

Bryz's day with the cup

The plane holding the Stanley Cup flew from Helsinki, Finland to Frankfurt, Germany, then on to the southeastern part of European Russia where it landed at the Kurumoch airport in Samara on Monday, August 6. From there, it was on to Togliatti, where it was met by Anaheim's netminder, Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Stanley Cup arrived at the small airport in Togliatti where the extremely strict security insisted on photos with hockey's magnificent championship trophy. When Ilya carried the Cup out the front door of the airport, he was mobbed by fans who had arrived by the busload and were chanting his name: "Bry-ga-lov! Bryz-ga-lov!"

Although it was six in the morning, a random parade formed behind the limousine carrying Ilya and his wife, Yevgeniya. A police escort led the procession that started with the goaltender and his wife and was followed by cars and buses, all honking their horns as they made their way into the city.

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Here are some pictures from the Cup Keepers photo blog - See them here


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Earl has a great analysis on Sammy Pahlsson.

It’s no big secret that since well before this blog began, Sammy Pahlsson has been my favorite player. He was the first player featured in Meet Your Mighty Ducks, Part 1 (whatever happened to that series?), he was my dream centerman in If I were an NHL Player, he is the subject of my famous man-crush poem, and I’ve picked him to score a goal in every gameday prediction. But a strange thing has happened—slowly but surely Sammy has turned from a personal cult hero into a recognized playoff hero.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. To get a better sense of the scope of this heroism, I’ve taken the liberty of splitting the season into four different segments, with a fifth segment representing the playoffs. Each segment represents 20 or 21 games, and I’ve included winning percentage and power play results in the table.

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