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from the Buffalo News,
They stood 180 feet apart Monday night, but let’s just call it 3,000 miles. That was the distance separating Anaheim Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere from Ottawa Senators netminder Ray Emery when the postseason began. The Stanley Cup finals did little to close the gap.
You look at Giguere and see an allworld goalie. He’s 30 years old, calm, unflappable, dependable. You look at Emery and find a guy from another planet, a newbie still finding his way, a mistake waiting to happen. Eventually, for better or worse, every player is exposed in the playoffs.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
The Ducks posted their 12th one-goal win and the third of the final in a 3-2 triumph over the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 Monday night. The winner came early in the third period when a Chris Phillips skate problem led to a 2-on-1 that was easily converted by Ducks winger Dustin Penner.
Phillips, whose skate had essentially blown up on the previous shift, lost an edge on his second pair of skates and it forced him to go back to the Senators bench with Teemu Selanne and Penner bearing down with the puck. A surprised Wade Redden had to jump onto the ice to replace Phillips, but couldn’t track Penner down quickly enough. Penner was coming on for Brad May for the Ducks and drove straight to the net.
“I wasn’t expecting to go on,” Redden said, “but still, I have to make a better (expletive) decision.”
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Daniel Alfredsson stopped, aimed and fired in the direction of Scott Niedermayer, missing the defenceman, but possibly killing his Ottawa Senators in the process.
It was a decision he will come to regret over time, if he doesn’t regret it already.
It was a decision that he will lie about and it will become famous over time, when the debate turns to hockey and how the Senators lost the Stanley Cup.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
“If we play like we did for two periods (last night), it’s not very good,” the Senators coach said when asked about the prospects of becoming just the second team in Stanley Cup final history to come back and win it all after trailing the series 3-1.
“If we play like we did in the first period and go in there and play with ...”
At that point, Murray started to speak of better positioning and not giving up bad goals, but he steered clear of the cruel and sudden truth.
That is, no matter how the Senators play Wednesday in Anaheim and possibly beyond, their goose is pretty much cooked now.
much more on Game 4…
From the CP via CBC,
It might be time to turn out the lights on the Ottawa Senators’ dream season.
Only the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs have ever erased a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup final and these Senators don’t have the look of a team about to join them in the history books. Ottawa thoroughly outplayed Anaheim in the first period of Game 4 on Monday night before going completely flat in a 3-2 loss. “It’s hard to explain,” said forward Mike Fisher. Indeed, none of the Senators seemed to have any explanation for what had just happened.
from the CP via TSN,
Chris Pronger a backstabber? Corey Perry a headhunter? Chris Neil a villain? Dean McAmmond a faker?
Accusations and insinuations ruled the day Monday following Pronger’s one-game suspension for a shot to McAmmond’s head in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final.
The most heated talk was from Neil, the feisty Ottawa Senators winger who was accused by Anaheim GM Brian Burke of trying to take Ducks forward Andy McDonald’s head off with an elbow. McDonald was not hurt on the play.
Q. I just wonder, I understand Dean McAmmond is skating. Will he play?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: I don’t know. I just talked to him briefly. He’s taking a light skate. See how he feels afterwards. Obviously, we have to talk to the doctors
before we let him play, but he’s trying. He’d like to play. But in talking to him, he’s certainly not 100% at this moment.
Q. Is it mental right now with Dany Heatley?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: He’s very physical. If he gets his legs going a little better and does a few things with the puck, things will happen for him. He had kind of a similar start to another series and then got going pretty well. Dany is one of the people that the line plays well. He’ll play real well. And we’ve got to get Spezza getting him the puck more and Alfy getting back to his game.
from the Leader-Post,
YELLOW GRASS—Decorating the rink: $50. Buying food and drinks: $500. Big screen TV: $3,000. Watching Peter Schaefer play for the Cup: Priceless!
The gathering is appropriately dubbed “Hockey Night in Yellow Grass”. Game 3 of the series on Saturday night attracted a crowd of about 80 people—or roughly 20 per cent of the town’s population.
This humble farming community came to a virtual halt during the game, which Ottawa won 5-3. The only sign of life outside the rink on this evening was one solemn figure who took advantage of the pleasant weather to cut his grass.
from the LA Times,
Down by Chinatown, a plump woman dresses her two dogs in miniature Ottawa Senators shirts for their morning walk.
Farther along the boulevard, at an open-air market, a vendor sticks a red-and-gold flag among baskets of fresh strawberries.
Try walking two blocks in this capital without finding some reminder that the home team has reached the Stanley Cup finals. Try ignoring giant banners hung from office buildings near the highway and placards taped in windshields of taxicabs.
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