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Are the Senators and Ducks boring?
Wed, May 30, 2007

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final averaged 2,608,000 viewers on CBC, down from last year and less than the Toronto-Montreal regular-season finale.

In 2006, the first game of the final between Edmonton and Carolina averaged 3.033 million viewers. In 2004, Game 1 of Calgary-Tampa Bay averaged 3.063 million viewers.

Are the Senators and Ducks boring? Have your say in our forum.

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I'm a big time Sens Fan, however,very disappointed so far. The Ducks have certainly accomplished what they wanted to, they have intimidated Ottawa & they are hearing foot steps & playing scared. I can't even tell how many times they could have been on the puck 1st but seemed to back off knowing the hit was coming. If they can reverse this way of thinking (very tough to do), take the pounding & win the battles, they'll be alright, otherwise, it's over.

Give her boys, you have all summer to get over the bumps & bruises!!
Gary, 2007-05-31 11:26:51

No, it's not boring. Just no one scoring for a long period of time adds to unexciting hockey. Anyway, doesn't matter if Anaheim wins...the Americans honestly don't care cause hockey isn't up there with the other sports THEY love that suck like baseball and basketball.
gerry madden, 2007-05-31 11:06:44

Actually this is pretty good hockey, but previous afternoon games, stupid rule changes (which wouldn't have been required if the existing rules had been called consistantly) and the 6 day gap between the semis and the final have resulted in a lot of viewers losing interest. Get rid of Bettman and his stupid ideas.
Mitch Brogan, 2007-05-31 10:56:48

Boring series??!!

Not at all! Great goals and superb goaltending!! I'm not a fan of either team, but,I've enjoyed every minute of it. Just because the big names in Hockey are not represented this time, it takes nothing away from this interesting series.

Power to the NHL for making it interesting. Why should the big names in Hockey be there all the time! Now, that would be boring! If viewing attendance is low, I pitty does who love Hockey and chose not to watch a good series.
luis posadas, 2007-05-31 09:55:24

I have only watched a few minutes of the Stanley Cup finals..and I would have to say that it was certainly not boring...if the Ducks were in the Eastern Conference I would look forward to watching them play all the time...I suppose it's just people and Canada don't care as much this year who wins...you would think the Duck's style of play would be enough to attract viewers...
Vince A., 2007-05-31 09:52:19

Well Brad, assuming you're another frustrated Leaf fan, consider this:

Point 1: Forty years ago, the Toronto Maple Leafs last won the Stanley Cup.

Point 2: Canadian Gen. Rick Hillier took the Stanley Cup to Afghanistan to cheer up the troops.

Conclusion: The Taliban were closer than the Leafs to capturing the Stanley Cup


George O'Leary, 2007-05-31 08:41:47

It's not boring, the games are fast paced, with clean hard hits. It's nice to watch agame without delays and useless fights breaking up the game. Let's play hockey, not Bockey (boxing on ice). If ottawa wants to win, then they need to actually show up. The only Senator I seen last night was Ray Emery. The rest looked like an Atom B team.
Rob, 2007-05-31 08:01:48

It's time to wake up! Nobody likes the Sens outside of Ottawa. Maybe the Leafs suck, but they are more of Canada's team than the Sens ever will be!
Peter, 2007-05-31 07:58:08

Yes its been very boring hockey, I thought the skilled players were suppose to be able to show their talents without being mugged. Nothing has really changed, the deeper the teams go in the playoffs the worse the officating is.The extra ref was supposed to be another set of eyes on the ice but who knows where they are looking because its not where the play is going on.

Last night Comrie took an elbow to the face with no call, great job there ref!

The puck looks like its bouncing all over the place. I have a serious suggestion to the suits in NY, start the season the first week of September so the season ends earlier and maybe the ice will be a little bit better in May when the stanley cup finals should be on instead of June! We heard the reason the league added more games was because of players salaries were going through the roof, well now there is the salary cap so no need to have such a long regular season. Start the playoffs in March then the playoffs can be over in May. With the season starting earlier and ending earlier the players will still get there summers off to rest for the next season.
Jimmy, 2007-05-31 06:21:42

If this series is boring, it's only because the obstruction is back in a big way. The NHL sucks. Once the final rolls around, they let the clutching and grabbing back, which coincidentally gives the advantage to the US team. If the game was called now like it was all season the Sens might have a chance. I guess a bigger, slower team from the US will always be given every advantage as long as Americans are running the league. Pathetic.
Dave, 2007-05-31 06:20:34

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