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Ducks 3, Senators 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

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Ducks 3, Senators 2
Anaheim Ducks 3, Ottawa Senators 2

By Adam Brady
AnaheimDucks.com

OTTAWA – The Ducks proved once again in these playoffs that they shine in the face of adversity.

The absence of Chris Pronger and a lackluster first period did nothing to deny them in taking down Ottawa 3-2 in Game 4 at Scotiabank Place.

The Ducks lead the Stanley Cup Final 3-games-to-1 with Game 5 in Anaheim on Wednesday night.

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 Ottawa to just 10 shots over the final two periods after they had 13 in the first.

“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 Ottawa’s Dean McAmmond in Game 3. McAmmond, feeling the effects of his head injury that sent him out of that game, did not suit up. Anaheim’s Chris Kunitz also didn’t play after suffering an abdominal bruise in Game 3, his first game of the series after sitting out with a hand injury.
 
“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 Ottawa 13-2 and were lucky to escape with just a 1-0 deficit. It looked as though they would leave the period completely unscathed, but Daniel Alfredsson found the net with just 0.3 seconds on the clock. Alfredsson one-timed a Peter Schaefer feed from behind the net and sent it past Giguere’s right arm. The Ducks two shots in the stanza gave them five in their last two periods, as they only managed three in the closing 20 minutes of Game 3.
 
“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 Ottawa in the period 13-4, and two Andy McDonald goals within exactly a minute of each other gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead.

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.

Anaheim held strong over a nerve-racking final minute and a half after Ottawa pulled Emery from the net. Scott Niedermayer finally sent the puck out of the Ducks’ zone with just three seconds left on the clock and when the final horn finally sounded, the sellout crowd of 20,500 at Scotiabank Place became silent.

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.”

 
GAME LOG

3rd Period

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 - Ottawa comes back on with Emery pulled from the goal.

18:28 - The Ducks ice it with 1:32 left and Ottawa takes a timeout.

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 Ottawa.

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?

2nd Period

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 Anaheim bench after Alfredsson shoots the puck at Scott Niedermayer with two seconds left. Pahlsson checks Sweden national teammate Alfredsson in the back in retaliation. Just as things are calming down, Alfredsson and Scott Niedermayer nearly get into it.

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 Anaheim and it's 1-1.

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 Ottawa 8-1.

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 Anaheim. 

0:00 - And we're underway. I would have liked to have heard the talk in the locker room during the break.

1st Period

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 Ottawa fan standing next to our press box in a suite thinks it's a lousy call. The Sens are on a power play, or in French: jui de puissance. (Got that from the scoreboard.)

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 Ottawa bench away from the puck and Perry gets pushed through the open door. It's 4 on 4.

16:10 - Kent Huskins fires the puck into the Anaheim bench and nearly kills someone.

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 Ottawa a man short, but Giguere gloves it.

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 Ottawa.

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 Ottawa, Dean McAmmond is out after taking that hit from Pronger in Game 3.

Pregame

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 Lawrence Nycholat, Brian McGrattan, Dean McAmmond.


scoring summary
1st Period
19:59
OTT
PPG - Daniel Alfredsson (12) ASST: Peter Schaefer (4), Mike Fisher (4)
1 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
10:06
ANA
Andy McDonald (8) ASST: Todd Marchant (3), Corey Perry (8)
1 - 1 Tie
11:06
ANA
Andy McDonald (9) ASST: Rob Niedermayer (5), Sean O'Donnell (2)
2 - 1 ANA
18:00
OTT
Dany Heatley (7) ASST: Patrick Eaves (2), Jason Spezza (15)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
04:07
ANA
Dustin Penner (3) ASST: Teemu Selanne (10), Andy McDonald (3)
3 - 2 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
00:58
ANA
Francois Beauchemin  Slashing against  Chris Neil
03:54
ANA
Corey Perry  Cross checking against  Chris Neil
06:13
OTT
Chris Neil  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jean-Sebastien Giguere
17:11
ANA
Corey Perry  Roughing against  Patrick Eaves
17:11
OTT
Patrick Eaves  Holding against  Corey Perry
18:16
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Interference on goalkeeper against  Ray Emery
2nd Period
04:29
OTT
Chris Neil  Interference against  Travis Moen
08:02
OTT
Chris Phillips  Hooking against  Brad May
20:00
OTT
Mike Fisher  Roughing against  Samuel Pahlsson
20:00
ANA
Samuel Pahlsson  Roughing against  Mike Fisher
3rd Period
01:02
ANA
Francois Beauchemin  Holding against  Chris Kelly
goalie stats
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 12 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .913SH: 1 - 1
Ray Emery
SA: 21TOI: 58:20
Saves: 18EV: 16 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .857SH: 1 - 1

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