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Game 2 - Ducks 1, Ottawa 0

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks


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Ottawa   0
Anaheim   1

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By Adam Brady

ANAHEIM - The Ducks vaunted checking line came through again, but this time it was a different hero.


Pahlsson's shot went through Corvo's legs and finally got past Emery.
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 Ottawa defenseman Joe Corvo and sliced past goalie Ray Emery's glove.


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 Ottawa net empty, the Ducks denied the Senators a decent scoring chance before the clock finally hit zeroes.


"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 Ottawa offense, with help from defensemen Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger, Francois Beauchemin and Sean O'Donnell. After getting off only 20 shots on goal in Game 1, the Senators only managed 16 in Game 2. It was the fewest shots the Ducks have allowed in the postseason. The Ducks only got off five of their own in the third (the same number as Ottawa) but made one of them count.


The Ducks take a 2-0 lead in the series to Ottawa for Game 3.
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. Anaheim spent most of the 40 minutes in the Senator zone, peppering second-year goalie Emery with pucks. Anaheim outshot Ottawa 26-11 over the first two periods, 14-4 in the second alone. But Emery kept the Senators afloat, making several stops on legitimate Anaheim scoring chances.


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 Ottawa on Saturday at 5 p.m. NBC will carry the game, along with the rest of the series.


20:00 - END OF GAME - Ottawa doesn't come close to generating a scoring chance of the last minute, barely getting the puck in the Ducks' zone. It's finally in the corner where Francois Beauchemin hovers over it until the final horn sounds and the roof nearly blows off Honda Center. Ducks win 1-0 and go up 2-games-to-none.

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 Ottawa power play.

I'm not ashamed to say it. "Sweet Escape" by Gwen Stefani is kind of catchy.

2nd Period

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 Ottawa 14-4 in the period, 26-11 for the game.

19:36 - ANA PENALTY - Andy McDonald, 2 min. hooking. And of course we have another one. That kills the Ducks advantage and will give Ottawa some power play time on the other side of the intermission.

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 U.S. saw it.  

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.

1st Period

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 Ottawa might be willing to take.

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 Ottawa.

12:31 - ANA PENALTY - Shawn Thornton, 2 min. charging. It's ruled Thornton left his feet to hit an Ottawa player. Power play Sens.

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 Anaheim, as they're outshooting Ottawa 10-1.

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 Anaheim crowds and the energy in here. Big mistake" - Sean O'Donnell

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 Ottawa player who was in pursuit of a Duck. Ottawa had both of their Game 1 goals on power plays.

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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The Ducks know that to take a 2-0 lead tonight in the Stanley Cup Final, they have to be better than they were in Game 1. That's partly because they're reasonably certain the Ottawa Senators will be.

Niedermayer: "We expect that they're going to come out and be at the top of their game."
The Ducks jumped out to the lead in the series with a 3-2 victory in Monday night's Game 1. Anaheim took the lead on a Travis Moen goal with 2:51 left in the third and held on to the finish. But don't mention to the Ducks that teams who win Game 1 have won the Cup 52 of 67 times (77.6 percent). They know they have a long road ahead against a tough group of Senators.

"As far as how Ottawa is going to come out, you always expect the best from your opponent, no matter what the situation is," Scott Niedermayer said. "You expect that they're going to come out and be at the top of their game. I would expect that from them. They're a great hockey club, playing very well."

Agreen Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle, "I think they'll play a much more, I guess, structure to their system in the sense of they feel that they turned the puck over way too many times," Carlyle said. "They didn't cycle the puck enough. They did some things uncharacteristic of the previous three series that they played. When we look at them, they're an excellent hockey club. We respect that opposition immensely."

Yet Carlyle didn't have a ton of esteem for his own team's performance Monday night. The Ducks trailed 2-1 going into the third period, but the tying goal by Ryan Getzlaf 5:46 into it led to Moen's winner.

"We know that we're going to have to play a better game than we played last night to have success, because I know in our minds they will come a lot harder and they will be a lot better," Carlyle said.

Tops on the Ducks' list of areas for improvement is slowing an Ottawa power play that accounted for both Senator goals in Game 1. Step one in that quest is staying out of the penalty box altogether.

"It's an area that we have to improve on for sure," Carlyle said. "The concern for me is the ability for teams to move the puck through our box or through our defensive system. And we think that's a huge area of concern at this point for us. Obviously, specialty teams will continue to play a major role in the success or failure into the playoffs. And it's an area of concern for our hockey club."

Carlyle pointed to a Ric Jackman roughing penalty in the first, a Getzlaf cross-checking minor in the second and a Francois Beauchemin tripping call in the second as penalties that are "unacceptable."

"There are other penalties that you take in defending your net position and whatnot that you would consider good penalties or acceptable," Carlyle said. "We think that we have to play the game to a certain level. But those things are - we're not making excuses for those. Did we take too many penalties? Yes, we do take too many penalties and it taxes people in certain situations. We want to limit the number of penalties. Simple as that. Sometimes it's easier said than done."

Said Scott Niedermayer, "There're always things you're going to improve. There will be faults you can find in any team's game. Some of the penalties we took last night were really not from being aggressive. They were bad decisions, bad mistakes with your stick or sort of reacting to what the other team is doing. You can't afford to do that in the playoffs."

In the Ottawa dressing room, the talk also revolves around cutting down errors, but the Sens' concern is in protecting the puck.

"Yeah, too many (turnovers)," winger Mike Fisher said. "Throughout the whole game really, and we weren't getting pucks deep and making smart plays. We gotta be sharper for sure."

The Senators will also look for more production from their heralded top line of Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza. The trio, which combined for a league-leading 58 points entering the Final, could only manage two assists (on a Wade Redden goal) in Game 1. The entire Senators team only snapped off 20 shots the entire night.

"It was a tough loss," said Alfredsson, who picked up one of the assists. "I think we would have really liked to win this one. But not much we can do now. I think we have to get better in some areas and try to win the next one."

Ottawa hadn't played in nine days after winning the Eastern Conference Finals over Buffalo, while Anaheim had six days off after knocking off Detroit for the Western crown. Alfredsson said rust wasn't a factor.

"I don't know if it's rust, but it's something that we want to limit more, turnovers, there's no question," he said. "We did get off to the start, we were the better team first five or six minutes. They got some momentum. I think, overall, I think we did give ourselves a chance to win. We just didn't come through in the third."

"We didn't do good enough job getting pucks on them," Spezza said. "We have a few things we have to change in our game. We just didn't seem like we had as much jump out there."

The Stanley Cup Final shifts to Ottawa for Games 3 and 4. Game 3 is Saturday at 5 p.m.

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