By Adam Brady
After more than 54 minutes of scoreless hockey Samuel Pahlsson wristed in a goal with 5:44 left in the third period to give the Ducks a slim 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators to take a 2-games-to-none lead in the Stanley Cup Final.
Pahlsson’s goal came after he found the puck at center ice and headed down the right wing with it. He wristed a shot that flew between the legs of
That prompted an ear-splitting ovation from the sellout crowd of 17,258, which got even louder over the final minute of the game. With each of the fans on their feet and the
“It’s fun to score a goal like this,” Pahlsson said. “It’s great to score, but the most important thing is winning the game. We’re happy to get this one.”
Said Ducks coach Randy Caryle, "It’s nice to see these three players rewarded for all the hard work. They play the tough minutes and a lot of times the spotlight isn’t directed towards them. Right now they’re earning that."
It was the second straight game-winning goal from the Ducks checking line of Pahlsson, Travis Moen and Rob Niedermayer. Moen had the winner in the third period of Game 1.
Those three, who are +6 in this series, again helped shut down the entire
Top-liners Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson managed to take six of those, but came up without a goal for the second straight night.
"We’re getting a lot of help out there," said Rob Niedermayer. "Chris and Scott definitely make our jobs a lot easier out there and of course Jiggy is standing on his head. We’re just trying to do everything we can."
The Ducks and Senators battled over a scoreless first two periods, though the advantage clearly lied in the Ducks favor.
The Ducks dodged a bullet themselves in the first when they faced a lengthy 5-on-3 after Shawn Thornton and Chris Pronger took penalties within 53 seconds of each other. But J.S. Giguere made several impressive stops on Senator shots to help kill both penalties and light up the Honda Center crowd. His shutout was the fifth of his postseason career and second in the Stanley Cup Final.
Game 3 shifts back to
20:00 - END OF GAME -
19:15 - The Ottawa net is empty.
19:00 - One minute left and nobody is using their seats right now.
17:03 - The Ducks again dodge a couple of bullets before clearing the puck out of the zone.
15:40 - Heatley tries a redirect at the top of the crease, but Giguere is right there.
14:52 - This crowd gets louder and louder during the TV timeout.
14:16 - ANAHEIM GOAL - SAMUEL PAHLSSON - Pahlsson grabs the puck ad mid-ice and skates toward the right wing with it. He snaps off a shot that races between defenseman Joe Corvo's legs and slices past Emery on his glove side. And you can't hear yourself think in here. It's 1-0 Ducks.
11:39 - TV timeout with 8:21 left and this crowd looks ready for something to explode about.
10:45 - The Ducks get a few more cracks at it after an Andy McDonald shot from the slot, but can't get through.
9:31 - A Beauchemin rocket from the red line is easily gloved by Emery.
5:26 - Getzlaf and Chris Neil get into it near the boards after the puck goes out of play. A little earlier, Sammy Pahlsson and Dany Heatley exchanged a couple of shots as both were heading to the bench.
3:23 - Teemu Selanne's redirect off an Andy McDonald pass hits the top of the crossbar and then rests there for a few seconds before dropping just short of the stripe. Emery pounces on it. That's as close as it comes.
2:55 - Rookie Drew Miller fires a shot from the slot that Emery has to make a nice save on.
1:36 - The Ducks kill again.
0:00 - We're underway in the third, with the Ducks facing an
I'm not ashamed to say it. "Sweet Escape" by Gwen Stefani is kind of catchy.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - If this was a prize fight, the points would be heavily in the Ducks favor. But as it is, it's still tied at bagel-bagel. The Ducks outshoot
19:36 - ANA PENALTY - Andy McDonald, 2 min. hooking. And of course we have another one. That kills the Ducks advantage and will give
18:04 - OTT PENALTY - Tom Preissing, 2 min. tripping. First penalty of the whole period. This penalty has gone by faster than Lindsay Lohan's sobriety.
Francois Beauchemin is caught on the bench blowing his nose without a tissue. Luckily, it's on CBC, so no one in the
14:30 - Teemu Selanne is sandwiched hard between two Sens trying to play the puck in the high slot.
Emery is looking like the best goalie in the league right now.
13:05 - Corey Perry makes a heck of an effort on a wraparound, but it's Emery again, this time spawling out to make the save on the shot and the rebound.
During the TV timeout, Snoop Dogg is flashed on the video board wearing a George Parros mustache. Parros, sitting in the press box, appears to be amused.
11:47 - Former Ducks backup (now Sens backup) Martin Gerber tries to glove a puck that flies into the bench, but drops it. A Sens teammate slaps it back in his glove. No credit for a save.
10:27 - Jiggy slides to his right to make a nice stop on a Dany Heatley shot from the left wing.
10:00 - Rob Niedermayer gets some room and throws a backhand shot on net from the right circle. Emery gloves this one too. TV timeout.
8:20 - Corey Perry gets slightly ahead of the defense, but his shot from the right circle is blocked by Emery, as is Dustin Penner's rebound try from the same spot. Emery is keeping the Sens in the game right now.
5:43 - The Ducks still control things in this period, getting several more chances on goal, each of them denied by Emery.
Ryan Getzlaf continues to flourish in these playoffs, handling the puck with magic hands.
0:00 - We're off and running in the second, both teams looking to get on the board.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Lots of hitting, lots of scoring chances, but no goals. The Ducks outshoot the Sens 12-7. We'll be right back.
18:07 - OTT PENALTY - Mike Fisher, 2 min. roughing. Fisher, his helmet off, clobbers Perry to the ice not once, but twice while play goes on away from them. It's a roughing penalty that
17:34 - Andy McDonald takes a shot from the top of the right circle that Emery blocks. McDonald follows his own rebound from the right dot, and that's stopped too.
Forgot to mention that Alfredsson, Spezza and Heatley are together again.
15:24 - The Ducks kill yet another 5-on-3 in these playoffs.
14:40 - The crowd erupts as the play is whistled dead after the Ducks dodge several bullets.
14:22 - Giguere does almost the exact same thing to Alfredsson again, and Beauchemin slides to prevent another rebound attempt by Spezza.
13:30 - J.S. Giguere comes way out of the cage to thwart an Alfredsson shot and a Spezza rebound try.
13:24 - ANA PENALTY - Chris Pronger, 2 min. slashing. A dangerous 5-on-3 for
12:31 - ANA PENALTY - Shawn Thornton, 2 min. charging. It's ruled
Pretty full Honda Center despite the 5:00 start.
9:40 - Getzlaf puts another great shot on goal and Emery stops it and the Ducks trying to poke in the rebound. Tons of chances so far for
8:58 - Ryan Getzlaf snaps off a one-timer from the left point that Emery stops and also smothers the rebound.
This quote is flashed on the video board: "A lot of people knock
8:05 - OTT PENALTY - Anton Volchenkov, 2 min. boarding. Volchenkov, in the Sens ongoing pursuit of Corey Perry, shoves the blonde into the boards and gets caught. Power play Ducks.
7:40 - The Ducks kill it.
You know it's a good crowd when a puck clear on the penalty kill is met with rabid applause.
5:40 ANA PENALTY - Drew Miller, 2 min. interference. The rookie gets caught taking out an
4:19 - Francois Beauchemin fires one from the point just after the penalty expires, but Ray Emery's gut stops the shot.
2:17 - OTT PENALTY - Mike Comrie, 2 min. boarding. The hitting starts early between the two teams, starting with a hard one on Corey Perry. But Comrie gets nabbed pushing Francois Beauchemin into the boards.
Daniel Alfredsson started the game without linemates Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza. We'll see if that continues tonight.
0:00 - And we're underway in Game 2. Ducks lead the series 1-0.
Dawn Wright just crushed the National Anthem one more time. It was even better compared to the person who did the Canadian Anthem. Let's just leave it at that.
Starting Goaltenders: ANA J.S. Giguere; OTT Ray Emery
Starting Skaters: ANA Teemu Selanne, Andy McDonald, Todd Marchant, Francois Beauchemin, Scott Niedermayer; OTT Chris Phillips, Daniel Alfredsson, Mike Fisher, Anton Volchenkov, Peter Schaefer
Scratches: ANA Sebastien Caron, Mark Hartigan, Chris Kunitz, George Parros, Joe DiPenta, Aaron Rome, Ryan Shannon, Joe Motzko, Ryan Carter; OTT Lawrence Nycholat, Brian McGrattan, Patrick Eaves
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