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from the Leader-Post,
The three-year-old spent his last hours at home, nestled between family and friends on a mattress on the living-room floor in front of the television watching the Ottawa Senators reach the Stanley Cup finals.
His right lung had collapsed and he breathed loudly, wheezing. When it became too hard to keep his heavy-lidded eyes open, because of the morphine, his family whispered the play-by-plays to him.
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from the Ottawa Senators,
The Ottawa Senators’ quick run through the first three rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs has given head coach Bryan Murray a healthy roster to work with in the final. Murray credits a strong strength and conditioning program and luck for the success.
“We’ve been healthy. I have a lot to say about that to the conditioning level, the strength coach and the people who have worked hard here to make the program what it is. It’s what I consider a little bit of management and a lot of luck. That’s what it will take to win.”
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Without hardships along the way, life’s greatest moments wouldn’t feel nearly as great.
In the aftermath of the Ottawa Senators’ breakthrough to the Stanley Cup final, a reporter asked club president and chief executive officer Roy Mlakar to name the low point of the long, hard journey.
“The low point for me,” Mlakar said, standing in the back of playoff media conference room at Scotiabank Place, “was telling the team they wouldn’t get paid.”
from the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators had a taste of what they mean to a hockey town gone bananas after snagging a reservation in the Stanley Cup final with “King Daniel Of Ottawa” Alfredsson’s OT winner against the Sabres.
Most impressive to the players was the thousands of fans who welcomed them home at the airport.
Even speaking of it yesterday after practice, chills started running up and down their spines again.
Chris Kelly: “I’ve seen a lot of things, but nothing like coming off the plane at the airport. There must have been 5,000 people there. To see that many supporting us, especially on a long weekend when people are out of town, was really fun.”
from The Maven,
It’s difficult to imagine a team winning The Stanley Cup with the Human Sieve, Ray Emery, in goal. Yet, it could happen because the Ottawa defense is so strong…
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
Meet Dany Heatley, playmaker.
The Senators left winger, often facing withering defensive attention because of his goal-scoring skills, has turned into a set-up man.
He is the NHL’s leading playoff scorer with 21 points, moving ahead of linemate Jason Spezza with a one-goal, two-assist performance Saturday as the Senators earned their first trip to the Stanley Cup final.
from the Ottawa Business Journal,
The deeper the Sens go, it seems, the more people crowd into area sports bars and pubs and hold tailgate parties. Is there a monetary spin off to the local economy when an NHL franchise goes four rounds into the playoffs? If so, how much? And while Sens fans are encouraged to “Be Red,” is the club itself in the black?
Club management is tight-lipped on questions surrounding exact revenues, although experts peg the amount an NHL team earns per playoff home game somewhere between $1 million and $2 million, depending on the city, by adding up gate receipts, merchandise, parking and concessions and deducting expenses.
It’s likely higher still in Ottawa, since team owner Eugene Melnyk owns the building. Consider as well that ticket prices rise the deeper the team heads into the playoffs.
from The Puck Stops Here at Fox Sports,
All told, Ottawa has a few players who might have Hall of Fame careers, but none are sure things. Ottawa does not have a top goalie. In the pre-lockout days, this is a team that might have been a Stanley Cup contender, but it is not the kind of team that wins the Cup. In the post-lockout days when it is much harder to keep a successful team together, this is quite possibly what a Stanley Cup-winning team looks like.
The Senators are better than Carolina in 2006. However the question that matters is: Are they better than either Detroit or Anaheim this year?
‘‘It’s kind of surreal right now,’’ Alfredsson said of his first-ever foray into the NHL’s championship series.
It was fitting in too many ways that Alfredsson got the big goal, his 10th of the post-season, having been the goat on last year’s overtime winner by the Sabres when Jason Pominville walked around him and beat Ray Emery to end yet another disappointing playoffs for the Senators in the second round.
‘‘He’s taken a lot of heat over the years,’’ said Senators linemate Dany Heatley. ‘‘It’s great to see him score big goals. He deserves it. He’s a man on a mission.’‘
added 7:05pm, Bryan Murray, Daniel Alfreddsson and Ray Emery press transcript
Alfredsson, the best Ottawa player this post season, ends the hopes of Buffalo fans with a goal in OT.
Watch the press conference (will be available soon after the game).
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