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By Adam Brady
The absence of Chris Pronger and a lackluster first period did nothing to deny them in taking down
The Ducks lead the Stanley Cup Final 3-games-to-1 with Game 5 in
Andy McDonald scored twice in the second period and Dustin Penner put the Ducks on top 3-2 just 4:07 into the third. They held off the Senators the rest of the way with the help of several mammoth J.S. Giguere saves. The goalie had 21 on the night, and the Ducks defense held
“I don’t think we want to get used to playing without Chris, but we realize when he’s not there, we have to be at our best and do our jobs,” said Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer. “We did that over the last two periods and did the things we have to do to have success.”
Penner’s game-winner was his first goal in 11 games and came off a fantastic feed from Teemu Selanne. After skating with it up the right wing, Selanne took advantage of two Senators defensemen and goalie Ray Emery over-committing to him. He slipped a perfect feed to Dustin Penner who had a wide-open net for his one-timer that dented the twine.
Pronger was suspended a game after his blow to the head of
“We needed other people to step to the forefront,” said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle, “and I thought as a whole our group did that.”
The Ducks looked to miss those two as they were clearly outplayed in the first period. They were outshot by
“We were doing the same things we did in Game 3 in the first period, Niedermayer said. “We were taking penalties and making mistakes. We felt a bit lucky and managed to regroup. We had no other option at that point.”
Said Carlyle about the first period, “I think we were trying to hard. We played over half the period on specialty teams. We seemed to be out of sync. Then they get that goal and it was kind of deflating. We got back in the room and had an opportunity to talk about it.”
Something significant must have been said, because they came out for the second like a different team. This time they outshot
McDonald’s first came 10:06 into the period when he took a Todd Marchant behind-the-net pass and skated in front of the net from right to left. He held it just long enough to wrist it past a sprawling Emery and two diving Sens defensemen.
At 11:06, McDonald made a fantastic drag move around Anton Volchenkov that sent the Senators defenseman falling to the ice, and McDonald finished it off with a shot through Emery’s legs.
The Ducks head home for Game 5 knowing the odds are heavily in their favor with a 3-1 lead and needing just one win to win their first Stanley Cup.
“We haven’t accomplished anything yet,” Carlyle said. “We still have a lot of work to do.”
20:00 - END OF GAME - Scott Niedermayer clears it out of the Ducks' zone with three seconds left and the clock ticks down to zero. The Ducks take it 3-2 and you could hear a puck drop in here. They lead the series 3-1 and head home for a chance to take the Cup in Game 5.
19:03 - Giguere goes to his knees to make a huge save on a one-timer with a screen in front.
18:28 - The Ducks ice it with 1:32 left and
8:18 - Sens get called for a hand pass with 1:42 left. The Ducks checking line is on, probably for the duration.
17:08 - The Sens are offside on a rush with 2:52 left.
14:36 - Giguere makes a mammoth save on an Alfredsson one-timer try.
We're at the final TV timeout with 5:44 left. Not nerve-racking at all.
14:16 - Corey Perry ends up with it on the breakaway and his shot is saved by Emery, and the rebound try by Perry agonizingly hits the post. Perry says something to Emery on his way back by after the lucky break.
13:01 - With his back to the goal, Penner turns and fires one, but Emery is ready for it.
12:30 - Pahlsson fires a shot from the slot that Emery knocks away.
The fan sitting next to me just gave me his 50/50 raffle tickets AFTER the winning number was named and he didn't have it. Sweet guy.
4:07 - ANAHEIM GOAL - DUSTIN PENNER - Teemu Selanne takes the puck down the right wing and makes a perfect feed to Penner, who has the whole net open for his one-timer that dents the net, as Emery came way out towards Selanne. It's 3-2 Ducks. Give Andy McDonald the second assist and give him three points on the night.
1:02 - ANA PENALTY - Francois Beauchemin, 2 min. boarding. It's 4 on 3 for
0:44 - Scott Niedermayer takes a shot with an Andy McDonald screen, but Emery has no problem with it.
0:00 - And away they go in the third. Why does it feel like this might not be the final period in this game?
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - The Ducks are a different team in the period and get two goals from Andy McDonald. But the Sens again score a late one to even things up. The third period might get interesting.
20:00 - ANA and OTT PENALTIES - Samuel Pahlsson and Mike Fisher, 2 min. each roughing. Right at the horn, the Sens and Ducks tangle near the
18:00 - OTTAWA GOAL - DANY HEATLEY - Patrick Eaves makes a pass from the side of the net across the crease to Heatley waiting by the right post. Heatley one-times it past a recovering Giguere. It's 2-2. Jason Spezza gets the second assist.
16:54 - Teemu Selanne takes a slap shot from the right circle and Emery gloves it.
16:14 - Heck of a glove save by Emery on a Francois Beauchemin one-timer at the end of a Ducks rush.
15:50 - We go into the timeout with the Ducks outshooting the Sens 11-3.
15:30 - The Ducks have a rush, but Penner hits the side of the net with it.
13:34 - Giguere makes another fine kick save on a Heatley one-timer then stops the rebound try before diving on it.
11:06 - ANAHEIM GOAL - ANDY MCDONALD - Rob Niedermayer gives McDonald the puck as he crosses the blueline on the left wing. McDonald makes a jaw-dropping drag move that breaks the ankles of defenseman Anton Volchenkov and slips the puck under Emery. Tremendous goal and it's 2-1 Ducks.
10:50 - Giguere went down the tunnel during the timeout and we're not sure why.
10:06 - ANAHEIM GOAL - ANDY MCDONALD - Todd Marchant gives the puck to McDonald from behind the net and McDonald holds the puck as he skates from right to left in front of the net. He finally lets go of a wrist shot that goes past a sprawling Emery and two diving defenders. Perry gets the second assist. Huge goal for
8:02 - OTT PENALTY - Chris Phillips, 2 min. hooking. Phillips gets Marchant near the net. Ducks power play again.
7:54 - The Ducks are a new team as we go into the TV timeout, outshooting
7:10 - Rob Niedermayer has a prime opportunity to put a rebound in but takes too long to do it and Emery stops it.
6:29 - The Sens kill it.
4:29 - OTT PENALTY - Chris Neil, 2 min. interference. Neil gets Moen in front of the net. Ducks are on the power play.
3:50 - Andy McDonald has a chance to poke on in near the crease but hits the post. That's two tonight for
0:00 - And we're underway. I would have liked to have heard the talk in the locker room during the break.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD. The way the Ducks were outplayed in the first period, a 0-0 score at the end of one would have been welcome. And it's almost that way if not for the Alfredsson last-milisecond goal. The Ducks were outshot a whopping 13-2 in the period. We'll be back.
19:59 - OTTAWA GOAL (POWER PLAY) - DANIEL ALFREDSSON - With just 0.3 seconds left in the period, Peter Schaefer feeds Alfredsson from behind the net and Alfredsson one-times it past Giguere's right arm. It's 1-0 Sens just before the horn.
18:16 - ANA PENALTY - Ryan Getzlaf, 2 min. goaltender interference. Getzlaf runs into Emery while Emery is out of the crease and Getzlaf is trying to tip the puck. Even the
17:11 - ANA and OTT PENALTIES - Corey Perry, 2 min. roughing and Patrick Eaves, 2 min. holding. Perry and Eaves scrap in front of the
16:10 - Kent Huskins fires the puck into the
12:48 - Perry takes a shot on a 2-on-1 rush with Getzlaf that heartbreakingly hits the post, after which he flips over Emery.
11:29 - Corey Perry gets off the Ducks' first two shots of the game, and Emery stops them both. He covers the second one and we're at the TV timeout. Ducks will look to regroup.
8:35 - Giguere makes another huge save on a Dany Heatley one-timer try from inside the crease. Without him it might be 3-0 Sens right now.
7:05 - Mike Fisher gets a shot off with
6:13 - OTT PENALTY - Chris Neil, 2 min. goaltender inteference. A chance for the Ducks to change the tide.
The Sens continue to be right on the doorstep, but nothing through yet. Shots on goal are 8-0
4:28 - The puck is cleared by Pahlsson over the glass on the penalty kill and the fans want a penalty, but none is coming.
3:54 - ANA PENALTY - Corey Perry, 2 min. cross checking. Perry hits Chris Neil with a stick to the head. If the Ducks are trying to stay out of the box, not a good start.
The Sens get several chances in front of the net, but can't convert thanks mainly to Giguere.
1:38 - Scott Niedermayer tries to bounce one of Ray Emery behind the net and he covers it. We've got a little scuffle around the cage. Might get physical tonight. You think?
0:58 - ANA PENALTY - Francois Beauchemin, 2 min. slashing. Might have been a bit of a dive.
0:00 - And we're underway. This will be a good one. Just in case you missed it, Chris Kunitz is a scratch, so Todd Marchant will play on that first line. Shawn Thornton is also a scratch and Joe Motzko takes his place. For
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, Antoine Vermette, Chris Kelly, Anton Volchenkov, Chris Neil
Scratches: ANA Chris Kunitz, George Parros, Drew Miller, Chris Pronger, Shawn Thornton; OTT
|PPG - Daniel Alfredsson (12) Slapshot - ASST: Peter Schaefer (4), Mike Fisher (4)|
1 - 0 OTT
|Andy McDonald (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Todd Marchant (3), Corey Perry (8)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Andy McDonald (9) Backhand shot - ASST: Rob Niedermayer (5), Sean O'Donnell (2)|
2 - 1 ANA
|Dany Heatley (7) Snap shot - ASST: Patrick Eaves (2), Jason Spezza (15)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Dustin Penner (3) Tip-in - ASST: Teemu Selanne (10), Andy McDonald (3)|
3 - 2 ANA
|Francois Beauchemin Slashing against Chris Neil|
|Corey Perry Cross checking against Chris Neil|
|Chris Neil Interference on goalkeeper against Jean-Sebastien Giguere|
|Corey Perry Roughing against Patrick Eaves|
|Patrick Eaves Holding against Corey Perry|
|Ryan Getzlaf Interference on goalkeeper against Ray Emery|
|Chris Neil Interference against Travis Moen|
|Chris Phillips Hooking against Brad May|
|Mike Fisher Roughing against Samuel Pahlsson|
|Samuel Pahlsson Roughing against Mike Fisher|
|Francois Beauchemin Holding against Chris Kelly|
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