Villes & Stades
Edmonton Le stade du Commonwealth, 59 500 places
Montréal : Le Stade olympique, capacité 55 000 places
Ottawa : Le stade Frank Clair de Lansdowne Park, 28 826 places
Toronto : National Soccer Stadium, 20 000 places
Vancouver : Le stade Swangard, capacité 10 000 places
Victoria : Le Royal Athletic Park, 10 000 places
The Senators received scoring from throughout their lineup as Chris Neil, Mike Fisher, Daniel Alfredsson, Dean McAmmond and Anton Volchenkov scored for the Senators, who fought back from 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 deficits to get what was a virtual “must” win to stay alive in the series.
Andy McDonald, Chris Perry and Ryan Getzlaf scored for the Ducks, who face the possibility of playing Game 4 without defenseman Chris Pronger, who injured McAmmond with an uncalled elbow early in the third period. Anaheim also played without Chris Kunitz for the second half of the game. He returned to the lineup last night after missing seven games with a broken hand, but appeared to injure his leg in the second period.
Game 4 of the series will be played Monday night (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio) at Scotiabank Place. The second period was the wackiest and highest scoring of this series with the Senators scoring three goals to take what at times seemed to be an unlikely 4-3 lead after 40 minutes.
Fisher, Alfredsson and McAmmond scored for Ottawa, while Perry and Getzlaf connected for the Ducks.
Perry gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead at 5:20, with Anaheim capitalizing on a Chris Phillips turnover to gain control of the puck. Perry had possession of the puck behind the net and came out to Ray Emery’s right, freezing Phillips in the slot. Perry had just enough room to slide the puck past Ray Emery for the goal.
But just 27 seconds later, Ottawa tied the game on a bizarre mental mistake by the Ducks. With the faceoff in the Anaheim zone to J.S. Giguere’s left, the Ducks failed to get enough men on the ice, playing a man short as the Senators won the draw back to the point and Volchenkov, whose shot from the point was deflected past Giguere by Fisher.
The Ducks had sent their checking line out for that draw and Rob Niedermayer and Sammy Pahlsson made it to the ice, but the word didn’t get to Travis Moen, who remained on the bench. Getzlaf realized his team was short and jumped on the ice, but too late to stop the goal.
The tie didn’t last for long, as Anaheim roared back into the lead at 7:38 on a scoring play once again initiated by Perry, who passed to teammate Dustin Penner in the right faceoff circle. Penner got the puck on net, but Emery allowed a long rebound into the slot where Getzlaf converted the goal that made it 3-2 for the Ducks.
Another weird goal came at 16:14 when Alfredsson scored on the power play, only to see referee Dan O’Halloran wave the goal off, ruling Alfredsson had kicked the puck into the net.
The play was reviewed by replay officials, who reversed the on-ice call. Alfredsson was tied up with Getzlaf as he went to the net. Defenseman Wade Redden moved the puck into the slot from the point where Alfredsson deflected it into the net. The puck definitely went in off Alfredsson’s skate, but officials ruled it wasn’t deliberate.
So the Senators once again had battled back into a tie, but their fortunes appeared to change in a big way. Moments after being credited with the power-play goal, Alfredsson nearly scored again, but he couldn’t get his stick on the puck while wide open in front.
A fortunate bounce put Ottawa in the lead at 18:34 when Oleg Saprykin’s speed kept a play alive in the Anaheim end, allowing McAmmond to wheel the puck into the slot from the side of the net. The puck didn’t reach its intended target, Christoph Schubert, but instead caromed off the skate of Anaheim defenseman Pronger and into the net.
Jason Spezza nearly made it a two-goal game in the period’s final seconds when his long shot in the waning seconds deflected off the post and wide of the target.
The lone goal of the third period was Volchenkov’s as the defenseman known more his shot-blocking skills found the back of the Anaheim net at 8:23 mark pushing the Sens to a rare two-goal lead in the series.
The Senators didn’t get the start they wanted in the opening moments of the game, disappointing the raucous crowd by allowing a power-play goal at 5:39.
With Redden off for interfering with Kunitz, the Ducks struck for their first man-advantage goal of the Final. Teemu Selanne keyed the sequence, moving behind the Ottawa net and feeding McDonald in the slot. The bing-bang played was helped by a slight collision between Ottawa defenseman Andrej Meszaros and Emery, who ended up being beaten on the stick side, minus his stick.
The Senators regained their composure and by the midway point in the period began to take the play to the Ottawa end.
Giguere made a sharp save on Chris Kelly from the slot with 11:11 left in the period, Ottawa’s best chance to that point.
Seconds later, Alfredsson tried to go up top on Giguere, but his shot was a wee bit off, deflecting off the post and out of danger. Alfredsson tried again seconds later, but his shot was kicked aside by Giguere’s left pad.
With 5:40 remaining in the first period, Giguere made a blind shot on a drive from Senators defenseman Chris Phillips, a shot that sparked very strong play in the Anaheim zone and the Senators’ tying goal.
This time, Ottawa’s “plumbers” struck pay dirt as new daddy Neil, whose wife gave birth to the couple’s first child Friday (Daughter Haley weighed in at 6 pounds, 10 ounces.), celebrated the happy moment in style, tying the game for Ottawa.
Neil redirected Kelly’s pass from the left corner to the far side of Giguere, who got a piece of the puck with his glove, but couldn’t snag it.
As expected, Scotiabank Place erupted when the red light went on at 16:10 to knot the game.
Source : NHL.com, KANATA, Ont. —