Saturday, June 2, 2007

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Night 40

Like all the Versus promos keep saying, it's do or die time — in this case for the Ottawa Senators. A loss tonight would have put the Ducks a mere win away from raising the Cup. Instead, the Sens took advantage of the shift back to Canada's capital tonight. They got the home crowd behind them and didn't let them down.

Senators 5, Ducks 3
Ducks lead series 2-1
As I expected, the Ducks scored first as Andy McDonald notched a power play tally. But then also as I expected, every time Anaheim scored, Ottawa quickly followed. The first period ended 1-1 after Chris Neil tied things up. The second period would then see five goals — insane the way these playoffs have been going. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf each scored for the Ducks. Mike Fisher and Daniel Alfredsson scored for the Sens to keep things even at 3 apiece. But the difference-maker in this game was Dean McAmmond who scored with 86 seconds left in period two to give Ottawa their first lead of the night. Anton Volchenkov then scored the insurance goal in the third period. It was a great game and showed how much of an advantage the home team really has. NBC had awesome HD coverage from Scotiabank Place.


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