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Bill Fichtner - A Gift That Keeps On Giving

Thursday, 05.14.2009 / 4:12 PM / NHL Celeb Blogs

By William Fichtner - Special to NHL.com

Blog 4 - Thursday, May 14

First things first, no team in this League has made more out of the opportunities that have come their way than the Anaheim Ducks have. I don’t feel like they’re ever out of a game. I mean, come on, these Ducks are like a gift that keeps on giving.

So, here we are. Game 7. Detroit. Wow.

Listen, I’ve heard the excitement about the possibility of having three of the Original Six in the Conference Finals and now that Pittsburgh has worked their magic in D.C. the fourth will be a favorite cousin hailing from the first expansion. No doubt, I get how cool that is. But nostalgia aside, we all know when it comes to Game 7’s anything can happen. So if that So-Cal team with a heart the size of Saskatchewan can find its way to victory, well... then it’s time to make a new memory.

I guess you could say it all comes down to this moment but I kind of feel they’ve been living that way for a month now. Moment to moment. Win or lose they couldn’t let me down if they tried. You know what I’m thinking? Oh yeah!

GO DUCKS GO!

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Author: William Fichtner | Special to NHL.com

Quote of the Day

For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper after Rangers win in Game 6 forced a Game 7 that will be played at Madison Square Garden on Friday