Saturday, June 02, 2007

Ducks 3 Senators 5 (Final) Game 3: Period by Period

Wow. The Correl Center is just hopping, and the sight of the 1000's of Sens fans outside the building an hour pre game was phenomenal.
Last night, I had a dream that the Sens won 6-4 in Game 3. Not sure why.
I'd say 4-2 Sens is more like it, and that's my call.

1st Period

-Kunitz is in. He is flying early and will play on the top line.

-The Sens come out flying, but the first big chance is for the Ducks: Penner in by himself and is stoned by Emery. A defensive lapse by Ottawa. After that chance the Ducks come alive, forcing the Sens into taking a penalty. McDonald makes the Sens pay for that, at 5:39, all by himself in the slot. 1-0 Ducks. Assisted by Buzz Lightyear.
-At one point, early in the period, the Ducks were outshooting the Sens 5-1. But then the Sens gained some composure and stormed back, forechecking hard and pressuring the Ducks. With just under 4 minutes left, proud new papa Chris Neil scores to make it 1-1: a direct result of the Sens' excellent forechecking. Assists from Kelly and Meszaros.
This is a renewed Sens team that is starting to look like it believes in themselves.
Kudos to Giguere for looking sharp and keeping the Ducks in it.

Shots after 1: Sens 10 Ducks 8
Intriguing stat that means nothing right now: the Ducks won 70% of the faceoffs that period.



Coach's Corner was extra entertaining with Brett Hull making an appearance. Hull talked about how he offered some of his own money to Blues management in order to keep Adam Oates playing there. Then he quipped: "That's why the Blues never win the Stanley Cup: because management makes dumb decisions."


Period 2

-I can see why Moen will never score 30 goals in a season. He missed a wide open net and hit the post! Yikes!
-Several minutes into the period Kunitz leaves the ice with what looked like a leg injury.
-Moments later, at 5:20, Corey Perry waltzes in front of the net from the back boards and puts the puck under Emery. A weak one, and another missed defensive assignment this time by Volchenkov. 2-1 Ducks. Assists by Penner and Getzlaf.
-Whoa! Seconds later, Volchenkov makes ammends, slapping the puck towards a mega-screened Giguere from the point. Jiggy had no way of seeing it. 2-2 game. Unassisted.
-Moments after that, the Ducks score again. This time it's Getzlaf from Penner and Perry. That line is on fire. Emery should not have let out that rebound. That could be a deflating goal.
This is turning into a goalfest. Maybe my dream could be accurate....
As always, there is great conversations going on at the Battle of Ontario. I wonder how many times the word "FUCK" is mentioned in the comments section! This game must be ultra-stressful for the Sens fans.
-Did I just hear an "Alfie" chant from the fans?
-The Sens' supporting cast is playing the game of their lives tonight. Chris Neil is a force, plowing over the Ducks. I am not impressed with the Sens' top line though. Where the hell is Heatley tonight?
-The Ducks get into penalty trouble late in the period and Alfie redirects the puck into the net with his skate. That's a goal. You can do that. It's under review: GOAL!
Good to see Alfie bag one. That's 3 times the Sens have come back from a 1-goal deficit in this game. There is no quit in this bunch tonight.
-Finally they get a lead with a minute and a half left, when the forechecking pays off once again, as McAmmond puts it out in front and Pronger puts it in his own net! 4-3 Sens. What a game. Why the hell couldn't the Sens do this in the first 2 games?

Shots in the 2nd: Sens 12 Ducks 11
Overall: Sens 22 Ducks 19
The Ducks have still won 60% of the faceoffs in this game.

3rd Period

-Elliot Friedman, no relation to Marty Friedman, just mentioned that the Sens are happy with their game and are finding success because, basically, their forecheck is working and they are spending more time 'behind the circles.
-Ooo, Pronger just gave McAmmond a Gordie Howe elbow. McAmmond is in a daze. That was a point blank elbow alright. How come a penalty wasn't called?
McAmmond will be back next game I'm sure, but the Sens aren't taking it. There is a lot of rough stuff. And that is a great sign for Ottawa, as they are showing some guts for once in these Finals. Pronger's elbow could become a rallying factor.
-The Ducks have lost their composure and are taking too many penalties. To their credit, they are killing the penalties very well. What a save by Emery on Marchant shorthanded though! He batted the puck right out of the air!
If the Ducks can kill these penalties and settle down, they could tie it yet.
-Or not! Volchenkov again! He pinched in for that goal. What a great shift and night by the Neil-Kelly-Vermette line. Vermette especially has been stellar. 5-3 Sens. Assists by Vermette and Kelly.
-The Ducks continue to take penalties out of frustration, but the Sens cannot capitalize. The Ducks' PK is still great, but it doesn't matter tonight because 5-on-5 the Sens are shutting the Ducks down, mostly by applying pressure offensively.
Game over! We have a series!

Shots in the 3rd: Sens 7 Ducks 3
Overall: Sens 29 Ducks 22
Anaheim won 60% of the faceoffs in this game.
Powerplays: Sens: 1-for-7 Ducks: 1-for-3

Conclusion

What a game! That was playoff hockey at it's finest! Everything went right for Ottawa. They have finally found ways to beat the Ducks:
-get their speed game going. When they rushed up the ice with that blazing speed and dumped the puck in, they would beat the Ducks to the puck in Anaheim's zone. In Game's 1 and 2 they refused to dump it in at all, or did a lousy job of it.
-matching Anaheim's toughness. It didn't look so one-sided tonight. Ottawa's 2nd-to-4th lines played with tenacity and it payed off.

Momentum is completely in Ottawa's favor now. Their confidence has returned.

I wasn't impressed with Spezza and especially Heatley. They were invisible. Prior to this game, Murray had mentioned that so much blame was put on their top line lately, but they also needed input from the other guys. Well the other guys responded tonight.

SCORESHEET/STATS (NHL.com)
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATS (yahoo sports)

The Ducks are crying foul on Alfredsson's goal and they are WRONG!

Pronger's elbow may have awakened the beast in Ottawa if it wasn't already.


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42 Comments:

At June 2, 2007 at 5:32 p.m. , Blogger James said...

OMG someone just sucked all the air out of the building there!

Time to bust out the sports cliches.. Gut check! give it 110%! etc

 
At June 2, 2007 at 5:38 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

The Sens are running around in their own zone early and that is a bad sign!

 
At June 2, 2007 at 6:32 p.m. , Blogger James said...

Coaches' corner was awesome! Moen must be glad he whiffed on that AFTER CC, to be critiqued by golden brett on that sad shot attempt would have been harsh..

Also: Niedermayer's playoff beard (either one of them) laughs at spezza's sad attempt.. Ha!

Sens just tied it up again so I guess my prediction will not stand!

 
At June 2, 2007 at 6:36 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I have a chance to have the right prediction. Oh, nope, Ducks just scored.....3-2. Fuck!

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. , Anonymous Doobie said...

Oh, what? NBC finally decided they could clear room on their prime time schedule for NHL hockey?

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:03 p.m. , Anonymous Doobie said...

4-3 sens now. It's a free for all out there. I haven't seen this kind of tit for tat play since 1990 Sega hockey.

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:04 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I get this on NHL 07 as well! :)
What a game! The Sens are alive...and Emery is having an off game.

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:15 p.m. , Anonymous Doobie said...

What we need is some old time Sega hockey. Eddie Belfour. Rob Blake. Hull's slapper...

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:16 p.m. , Blogger Goon said...

I still think the Ducks are going to pull it out. Finally a game that is up and down with a lot of scoring. Great action. I noticed the Refs are calling more of the holding.

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:16 p.m. , Anonymous Temujin said...

If this is January, that Alfie goal is disallowed. How many times were goals called back because of less? Ron Mclean said they used the "real time" replay to determine the call, not the "slow-mo" one. WTF??? Did they ever do that all year?

But why be consistent?

At any rate, I'm glad for the Sens. They're gonna come back and win the series.

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:25 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

To me, this seems more like an off game by the Ducks. At the same time, here is the Sens' speed that we've been waiting for, and the Ducks can't contain them.

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:28 p.m. , Blogger James said...

I was just gonna ask where all the ducks hitting went and then pronger savages mcammond into the boards. OUCH, elbow.. jeez

pronger is gone next game I'm bettin

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. , Blogger James said...

Not into the boards, just elbow then slid into the boards.. Yeah, that's messed up.

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:31 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

That elbow would make Randy Savage proud!

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:31 p.m. , Anonymous Doobie said...

Murray's probably lisping uncontrollably at this point.

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:32 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Doobie, that is hilarious!
Thath an elbow you thitheadth!!!

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:32 p.m. , Blogger James said...

it was weird because it didnt look bad in realtime but slo-mo it looked brutal!

ooh, bru-haha!

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:34 p.m. , Anonymous Temujin said...

Murray sends out the goon squad on the very next shift.

Schaefer has put the fear of god into the Ducks!

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:35 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Damned Dirty Ducks! Bunch of cheapshot artists!

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:36 p.m. , Anonymous Temujin said...

Fortunately a lisp does not prevent a person from pronouncing "fuck" correctly.

Hehehe, anyone else reading Murray's lips... errr... lisp?

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:39 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I missed that, but he sure does point at his elbow really well!

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:42 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

The Sens have to capitalize on these PP's or they may be in trouble!

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:43 p.m. , Anonymous Temujin said...

Chris Neil: The Man. The Myth. The Legend.

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:47 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

The Daddy!

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:50 p.m. , Anonymous Doobie said...

Getzlaf getz hosed.

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:52 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Poor bastard! He nearly got tripped up just before that. But I can't tell when people are diving anymore!

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:53 p.m. , Blogger James said...

Something tells me the dream prediction of 6-4 will be very close to the truth.. I can see this going out 5-3..

Howcome the ducks seem so timid and dont have much of a sense of urgency? Apart from Pronger's "thug life!" move, they haven't been too gritty.

Fisher making Getzlaf his own personal "ice girl" in front of the ducks' bench probably didn't help things..

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:56 p.m. , Anonymous Temujin said...

hehehe "thug life"

 
At June 2, 2007 at 7:56 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Haha! Personal ice girl! LOL!

Momentum is a beautiful thing!

 
At June 2, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. , Anonymous Temujin said...

Emery went down faster than Chuck Liddell :)

 
At June 2, 2007 at 8:01 p.m. , Anonymous Doobie said...

Way to interfere with the goalie, Deliverance-boy.

 
At June 2, 2007 at 8:02 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Yah, Emery sold the shit out of it!
Too bad the Sens' PP wasn't better. This game would be 8-3 by now!

 
At June 2, 2007 at 8:45 p.m. , Blogger american oil said...

Damn, just got home and now I have to watch the game......ugh.....

I hate to see Emery win...

Gahhhhhh

 
At June 2, 2007 at 9:07 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

You don't like Emery??
Why not?

 
At June 2, 2007 at 9:15 p.m. , Blogger The KEMPNER's said...

Great win by the Sens. And the big line did jack squat. I can't see the Sens winning the series if Heatley, Spezza and Alfy don't get on the score sheet more often. Can't rely on Neil having a child the night before and having a great 10 mins on the ice every night. The Sens aren't out the of woods just they must win this next game or they are done like dinner.

Pronger hit was a penalty. It was cheap and the refs missed it? I wonder if the league will respond?

Those ppl who think a series is over because one team loses the 1st 2 don't remember it's a 7 game series. I have seen teams go down 2-0 and then come back and win 4 straight.

 
At June 2, 2007 at 9:23 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

It was perhaps easier to write off the Sens already considering how they were folding.
What a turnaround by them, but you are right, the top line has to get going or the Sens are in trouble. I thought Alfie was a bit better tonight.

 
At June 2, 2007 at 9:30 p.m. , Blogger american oil said...

Emery is an ASSHAT. I think he is a solid goalie. However, I think he has had an incredible d-line and I think he has been overrated. My personal distaste for him....well who know why, just leaves a nasty taste in my mouth....it is as random and my insane love for Luongo. Oh well.

I am an Oilers fan.....which means that I want ANYONE but Pronger to bring home the cup.....which puts me in a serious quandry with my dislike for Emery....but *gasp* it seems my dislike for Emery is greater......because I am cheering for the Ducks (I think secretly it is because Baby Miller is playing for the Ducks).

 
At June 2, 2007 at 9:34 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

It sounds like you need a drink! Maybe then you'll see more clearly! :)

 
At June 2, 2007 at 9:38 p.m. , Blogger american oil said...

Why yes, I do need a drink, however, I am pretty sure that it won't make me like Emery anymore, but drinking does help me get over the Pronger hate. Clearly, it isn't the whole American/Canadian team thing since I am an Oilers fan. Where is my drink???? I would prefer whiskey or a good scotch.

However, I have to be on the ice at 6 tomorrow morning (super gahhh) so I should have too many.

 
At June 2, 2007 at 9:54 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

The good thing about being an active alcoholic is that you sweat the booze out of your veins early the next day, making the hangover less!!

 
At June 2, 2007 at 10:00 p.m. , Blogger american oil said...

Well glad to know my boozing finally has a perk. If that is what you want to classify it as.

I also find being a Oiler's fan it helps to drown the sorrows of bad playing and worse management.

(see also: Seahawks and Mariners - I come from a long history of teams that just can't quite get the job done with years of sucking)

 
At June 3, 2007 at 6:55 a.m. , Anonymous Matt said...

Pronger better get atleast 2 games or the NHL is a joke.

 

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