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From the recycling bin, Part 2

(Cartoon originally posted May 17, 2006.)

Sorry I keep re-using cartoons from last year, but why go through the same trouble again? In the meantime...

#1 Detroit Red Wings vs. #2 Anaheim Ducks
(all times Pacific per BoC rules)

Fri., May 11, 4:30 p.m. @DET
Sun., May 13, 4:30 p.m. @DET

Tue., May 15, 6:00 p.m. @ANA
Thu., May 17, 6:00 p.m. @ANA

* Sun., May 20, 12:00 p.m. @DET
* Tue,, May 22, 6:00 p.m. @ANA
* Thu., May 24, 4:30 p.m. @DET

* - if necessary

Isn't this postseason starting to get awfully familiar? Last year, both the Ducks and Sharks went up 2-0 in the 2nd round, ready for a WCF Battle of California, but while the Ducks won their next two games, the Sharks proceeded to lose four straight. This year, both the Ducks and Sharks went up 2-1 in the 2nd round, ready for a WCF Battle of California, but while the Ducks won their next two games, the Sharks proceeded to lose three straight.

Here's a case of deja vu from both of San Jose's 2nd round exits, courtesy of KK reader arice:

Of course, I'm hoping that this pattern ends soon. Things went sour for the Mighty Ducks last year after the Sharks fell on their faces.

But hey, at least I won't be changing the sidebar links. Some storylines:
  • In 1997 and 1999 Detroit swept Anaheim. In 2003, Anaheim swept Detroit.
  • Babcock vs. Giguere.
  • Bertuzzi vs. Burke vs. May.
  • Lidstrom vs. Niedermayer vs. Pronger.
  • Chelios vs. his grandchildren.
  • Pahlsson vs. the greater population of Sweden.
  • And the biggest rarity of them all, an honest-to-goodness 1-seed vs. 2-seed.
More to come later. For now, Go Ducks.