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Game 3 - Ottawa 5, Ducks 3

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks




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Anaheim   3
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By Adam Brady


OTTAWA, Canada - Coming into Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Senators said over and over again that they had to be better. And the Ducks said they were sure the Senators would be.


Ottawa's three goals in the second gave them the lead for good.
Unfortunately for the Ducks, they were right.


After getting shut out in Game 2, Ottawa poured it on with five goals (including three in a whirlwind second period) to take down the Ducks 5-3 and turn the series around in front of a raucous sellout crowd of 20,500 at Scotiabank Place. The Ducks now lead the series 2-games-to-1 with Game 4 back here Monday night.


"They outworked us," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "It's as simple as that."


Said Ottawa coach Bryan Murray,

"It's only one game, but I really like the way we responded. We played disciplined for the most part."


Ottawa took the lead in the second stanza for the first time since the second period of Game 1. The Ducks struck first in the period, with the score tied 1-1. At 5:20 into the period, Corey Perry made a brilliant play, skating from behind the net and looking to make a centering pass. Instead he turned and fired a shot that went through goalie Ray Emery's pads.


Postgame quotes from Marchant, Getzlaf, Beauchemin, Scott Niedermayer and Perry
The celebration was short-lived, as 27 seconds later Mike Fisher was credited for a goal on a deflection of a Anton Volchenkov shot from the point.


That tied the score at two apiece before the PPG line scored again, this time with Ryan Getzlaf the hero. After Dustin Penner took a shot from the right wing, Getzlaf expertly followed up the rebound off Emery and stuffed it in.


Getzlaf, Penner and Perry kept the Ducks in it in the second.
But the Sens scored two consecutive to finish the period and take a 4-3 lead. The first came at 16:14 on a controversial goal from Daniel Alfredsson on an Ottawa power play. After a Wade Redden shot from the point was deflected, Alfredsson appeared to kick it in the net, which the officials originally ruled he did. But a lengthy replay review overturned it, much to the delight of the Scotiabank Place faithful.


A little more than two minutes later, Dean McAmmond tried to center a pass from the extended goal line that hit off Chris Pronger and found the net.


The Senators' play in the second was a carryover from their domination of the closing 10 minutes of the opening stanza. The Ducks got on the scoreboard first on an Andy McDonald goal from the slot from a Teemu Selanne feed. But after several scoring chances in the second half of the period, Ottawa finally got a goal from Chris Neil. Chris Kelly's pass from the corner was redirected off Giguere and it rolled over the line.


A physical game got ugly in the third period. Just 2:03 into it, Ottawa's Dean McAmmond took a shot that Giguere kick-saved, but Pronger struck McAmmond on the head and knocked him cold. Pronger wasn't penalized on the play, but McAmmond missed the rest of the game with a head injury and the tension was clearly heightened.


It got even more hostile when Ryan Getzlaf hit a Senator from behind near the Anaheim bench and a brawl ensued. Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Dustin Penner each were hit with roughing penalties (Getzlaf's four minutes), while Ottawa's Chris Neil, Mike Fisher and Peter Schaefer got the same.


With the Ducks looking to knot it up, Ottawa instead pushed their lead to 5-3 with 11:38 left on a Volchenkov goal from just outside the crease. Antoine Vermette slipped a pass from behind the net to Volchenkov who one-timed it past Giguere.


Anaheim seemed to get worse the rest of the period, taking a couple of penalties, giving away the puck and generating few scoring chances. They only got off three shots over the final 20 minutes.


"You're not going to come back on a team like the Ottawa Senators like that," Carlyle said. "Obviously the frustration level showed in our group into the third period. But we have to take responsibility for our actions and we played nowhere near our capabilities. Amazingly enough, as poorly as I thought we played in the game, we still had a chance."


Chris Kunitz played for Anaheim for the first time in the series after sitting out with a hand injury. But he left in the second period with what was called a lower body injury.


Game 4 is 5 p.m. on Monday on NBC.


3rd Period

20:00 - END OF GAME - Sens win 5-3 and this series has definitely turned.

19:49 - OTT PENALTY - Chris Phillips, 2 min. roughing. It's gets a littly chippy again just before the horn.

19:30 - The clock winds down and the crowd looks ready to erupt.  

This is not the same Ducks team that took Games 1 and 2

15:29 - ANA PENALTY - Andy McDonald, 2 min. goaltender interference. The Ducks take another one as McDonald slams into Emery.

11:05 - Ryan Getzlaf, 2 min. holding. It's starting to fall apart for the Ducks.

Dean McAmmond has a head injury and will not return.

10:41 - OTT PENALTY - Peter Schaefer, 2 min. interference. The Ducks get a power play to try to get back in this one.

8:22 - OTTAWA GOAL - ANTON VOLCHENKOV - It's Antoine to Anton, as Antoine Vermette skates behind the ice and slides a nice pass to Volchenkov near the crease. Volchenkov one-times it past Giguere to give Ottawa a two-goal lead.

5:43 - ANA PENALTY - Brad May, 2 min. tripping. The Sens go on the 5 on 4 again. Let's just say it's getting a tad physical out there.

3:55 - ANA and OTT PENALTIES - ANA Ryan Getzlaf, 4 min. roughing, Corey Perry, 2 min. roughing, Dustin Penner, 2 min. roughing. Chris Neil, Mike Fisher and Peter Schaefer, 2 min. each roughing. Getzlaf hits a Senator from behind and now it gets ugly near the Ducks bench. Several Ducks and Sens get into it and Dustin Penner and Chris Kelly wrestle on the ice. It's a Sens power play when all is handed out.

2:03 - McAmmond is taken off the ice and before the puck is dropped, the Sens and Ducks get into it a bit.

2:03 - After taking a shot that Giguere kick saves, Dean McAmmond is hit in the head by Chris Pronger and appears to be out cold in the right wing corner. The crowd is, needless to say, a little unhappy. Something tells me Pronger might get booed from this point on.

Chris Kunitz was just announced to have a lower body injury and is doubtful to return.

0:00 - And they're off in the third, with the Ducks needing to pick it up.

2nd Period

20:00 - END OFF PERIOD. The third is a head-spinning shootout, as the two teams combine for five goals after only having one in Game 2. The Sens take their first lead since the second period of Game 1.

18:34 - OTTAWA GOAL - DEAN MCAMMOND - McAmmond tries to center a pass from the extended goal line and it appears to hit off Chris Pronger into the net. Ottawa takes the lead for the first time, 4-3.

16:14 - OTTAWA GOAL (POWER PLAY) - DANIEL ALFREDSSON - After a Wade Redden shot from the point is deflected on its way to the net, Alfredsson appears to kick it in the goal. It's originally ruled no goal on the ice, but a lengthy review surprisingly overturns it, even though replays seem to indicate a kick. The crowd goes quickly from elation to frustration back to elation. It's 3-3.

15:39 - ANA PENALTY - Sean O'Donnell, 2 min. cross checking. O'Donnell pushes down an Ottawa player in front of the net. It's 5 on 3 for a short time, then 5 on 4.

By the end of this trip, I'm going to know how to say "2 minutes for hooking" in French after hearing the PA announcer.

13:44 - ANA PENALTY - Scott Niedermayer, 2 min. hooking. Chance for a momentum change for the Sens.

13:35 - Giguere makes a stop on a Chris Phillips shot from the point and holds it in his midsection. Unlike Emery is giving up tonight, no rebound to be had.

The Sens are hitting hard now. Two straight shots to Ducks players.

The Senators introduce a 99-year-old fan named Russell Williams who watched the original Senators win the Stanley Cup when he was 19.

No bare midriffs on the ice girls here in Ottawa. Advantage Honda Center. Or maybe not.

9:40 - Alfredsson gets loose in the slot and takes a shot that Giguere easily kicks away and out of play.

7:38 - ANAHEIM GOAL - RYAN GETZLAF - The PPG line comes through again. Corey Perry feeds Dustin Penner, who fires a shot from the right wing. It rebounds off Emery and Getzlaf follows it up perfectly. It's 3-2 Ducks and this thing is a shootout compared to Game 2.

This crowd is definitely pumped up.

5:47 - OTTAWA GOAL - MIKE FISHER - The Sens come right back with a Volchenkov shot from the blueline that deflects off Fisher on its way to the net and slides over Giguere's left shoulder. The goal was originally given to Volchenkov, but later changed. We're tied at 2.

5:20 - ANAHEIM GOAL - COREY PERRY - Perry makes a brilliant play after Dustin Penner fights for the puck along the boards and gets it to Perry behind the net. Skating toward the crease, Perry appears to be looking to make a centering pass, but instead turns toward Emery and pushes it through the goalies legs. It's 2-1 Anaheim.

Chris Kunitz has gone to the locker room. Might actually be a leg injury, rather than the hand problem he had before.

3:20 - A Ryan Getzlaf shot rebounds toward Francois Beauchemin, who has another open net if he
can put a stick on it, but he can't react in time.

2:04 - ANA and OTT PENALTIES - ANA Samuel Pahlsson, 2 min. roughing and OTT Jason Spezza, 2 min. holding. Sammy and Spezza get into it a bit. Mike Comrie serves the penalty for Spezza, who may have gotten hurt.

1:40 - Travis Moen has a wide open net on the right side and slams the shot off the post. Huge opportunity missed for the Ducks.

0:00 - Here we go in the second.

1st Period

20:00 - END OF PERIOD. We're tied 1-1, but the latter half of that one definitely belonged to Ottawa. Momentum is on the side of the Sens.

19:40 - As the Ducks and Sens battle for the puck in front of the net, it comes out and hits the left post, then a try to deflect it off Giguere from behind the net nearly works.

16:10 - OTTAWA GOAL - CHRIS NEIL - Chris Kelly skates from the left circle toward the corner, then makes a nice pass to Neil, who redirects it off Giguere and over the line. And this crowd is definitely back in it.

15:40 - The Ducks clear the puck out of their zone after the Sens play it there for an eternity. Things are definitely leaning their way right now.

12:20 - Giguere makes another nice stop on a one-timer attempt from point blank.

11:29 - ANA and OTT PENALTIES - ANA Travis Moen, 2 min. diving and OTT Mike Fisher, 2 min. roughing. The officials decide Moen tried to sell it a little too much. They need this rule in the NBA immediately.

11:40 - Scott Niedermayer gets pushed into the boards, but no call.

The Ducks are on their heels just a little bit, as Ottawa spends a lot of time in the Anaheim zone.

8:50 - Giguere makes a tremendous save on a Chris Kelly one-timer from the slot

8:01 - The Ducks kill.

6:01 - ANA PENALTY - Brad May, 2 min. interference. First power play for Ottawa.

5:39 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - ANDY MCDONALD - Teemu Selanne skates behind the net and gives to McDonald in the slot, who quickly controls it and fires a wrister by Emery, who hardly moves. It's 1-0 Ducks and the mood in this building has changed.

3:51 - OTT PENALTY - Wade Redden, 2 min. interference. Redden takes down Kunitz in front of the net, as Kunitz was trying for a one-timer. Ducks on the power play.

2:02 - Dustin Penner snaps off a nice shot from the right circle, but Emery snags it with the glove.

1:40 - The Sens nearly find the net, but Giguere makes a nice save.

0:10 - Chris Kunitz hits the ice for the first time, replacing Travis Moen, who got the start with Selanne and McDonald.

0:00 - We're underway in Game 3


Starting Goaltenders: ANA J.S. Giguere; OTT Ray Emery

Starting Skaters: ANA Teemu Selanne, Andy McDonald, Francois Beauchemin, Scott Niedermayer, Travis Moen; OTT Chris Phillips, Antoine Vermette, Chris Kelly, Anton Volchenkov, Chris Neil

Scratches: ANA Mark Hartigan, George Parros, Drew Miller, Joe DiPenta, Ryan Shannon; OTT LAwrence Nycholat, Brian McGrattan, Patrick Eaves

Chris Kunitz IS in the lineup for tonight.  




5 p.m. at Scotiabank Place
TV: NBC     Radio: AM 830

Home teams winning the first two games of the series have won the Stanley Cup 29 out of 30 times. That's the position the Anaheim Ducks find themselves in coming into Game 3 in Ottawa, but that stat means very little to them.

Anaheim's checking line of Travis Moen, Rob Niedermayer and Samuel Pahlsson have played a big role in the Ducks taking a 2-0 series lead.
"I think that our mentality can't change at all," Ryan Getzlaf said. "We gotta go in Game 3 the same way we've been preparing for the last two. I think our guys have done a great job throughout the playoffs in situations where we were going into opposing teams' buildings and able to put together a win. And that's what we need to focus on for Game 3."

Agreed Chris Pronger, "You can't get caught up, it's only Game 3. We've won our two home games, and to start looking too far ahead, that's when you get into trouble. You gotta worry about the task at hand. That's Game 3 and coming out prepared and focused.

"They're obviously going to come with their best effort. Their home crowd is going to be behind them. They'll have the energy and the excitement and the buzz behind them. So they came on pretty hard in our building and we've got to reciprocate and do the same thing."

The talk from the Senators dressing room has mostly focused on one thing - being better right now.

"I believe we've got a better team than we've played for two games," said head coach Bryan Murray. "I'm not sure why. I'm not even pretending to have the answer, but I know we're a better hockey team. And we now have to prove it. And that's what we'll try to do."

The Ducks will have a much tougher time getting the best of the Sens, especially playing in front of what promises to be a raucous crowd of more than 18,500 at Scotiabank Place. But Anaheim has already had success in roudy opposing buildings in this postseason. They are 6-2 on the road in their series against Minnesota, Vancouver and Detroit. The key, says Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle, is how they get out of the chute.

"I'm sure it's every coach's dream to get out and have a good start," Carlyle said. "And I think that's imperative. It's a starting point and a building point for your group. We're not any different. I'm sure the Ottawa Senators want to have the best start they can possibly. And their hockey club would like a good start also. But one team is not going to. Usually that's what happens."

The Ducks got off to a strong start in Game 2 and carried it throughout in their 1-0 victory. They also won the series opener by just a goal, 3-2.

"I don't think they dominated us," Murray said. "They got good forechecks, there's no question they got some hits on the forecheck. They out-positioned us and out-defensed us. That's what they did. They played off our mistakes. That's what they did really well. As far as hitting, we can point out the number of hits both ways, (Mike) Fisher burying the guy in the first shift the other night and all that stuff. That was mainly because of our positioning. We hope we can correct that."

One bright spot for Ottawa over the first two games has been goalie Ray Emery, who says being at home will help his Senators team.

"It's just momentum that gets blood pumping," Emery said. "I think we're comfortable playing in this rink. You take your nap in your own bed. You're just comfortable. So there's that and just the emotion of the fans."

Carlyle stressed that despite the change in venue, the Ducks have to stick to the style that got them this far.

"I know that our group is committed to playing our team game," Carlyle said. "I know that when adversity has been dealt our way we have found ways to overcome it. I know that we have a strong leadership group in our room. I know that they're committed to our team game. 

"If there are sacrifices that have to be made, players are willing to do that. They've proven to our group all year and it's not something new that's just happened in the playoffs."

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