About 24 hours after Mighty Ducks fans worked their way through their first "Bryz-ga-lov" chant as rookie goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov worked on his record-tying third consecutive playoff shutout against the Avalanche, fans at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim were hurling less positive adjectives at WWE bad boy Edge who was about to face fan-favorite Mick Foley in a hardcore wrestling match.
While the Pond's transformation from the Ducks' home ice to the site of WWE RAW was fairly quick, a couple hours before the show was to begin Edge and former WWE women's champion Trish Stratus still had their minds on the ice that sat a few layers underneath the ring they would soon be wrestling in.
"I've been following the playoffs real closely since I'm in a hockey pool back home," said Stratus, a native of Toronto, Canada. "I have to go with my Canadian teams, Edmonton and Ottawa. I would love Edmonton to win it since they really pulled it together before the playoffs, but I really think Ottawa is the team of today's NHL. They're a fast team and that's what today's NHL is all about, so I don't see anyone beating them."
Although Stratus is an old-school hockey fan who would have made Don Cherry proud last week when she popped her dislocated right shoulder back in and continued wrestling, she actually likes the new rules that have made the NHL a more offensive game. "It makes for exciting hockey," she said. "It's been awesome. Like that Ottawa and Buffalo game the other day where they combined for 13 goals. I think that's awesome hockey."
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