GAME 1 >
Anaheim 3 Ottawa 2
In what ended up being
Ottawa's worst effort of the playoffs, Anaheim overcame a
2-1 deficit in the 3rd period on the strength of goals by
Ryan Getzlaf and Travis Moen. Ottawa can take solace
in the fact their power play clicked on both goals, and even
though they were rusty, only lost by one goal.
GAME 2 >
It's the adversity
everybody was wondering if Ottawa would ever face - Ray
Emery was dynamite in net, but it was Samuel Pahlsson's
unassisted goal late in the 3rd that gave the Ducks a 2-0
series lead - advantage Anaheim - 30 Love - headed back to
Ottawa - we'll find out what the Senators are made of now...
GAME 3 > Ottawa 5
The turning point of this
series could very well be a goal Anaheim scored - on
themselves!!! Chris Pronger tried to clear a Dean
McAmmond shot on goal, and the puck ended up in the net -
this just minutes after Daniel Alfredsson scored a
controversial goal that deflected off his skate. Ottawa's
secondary scoring had to get going, and it did - Chris Neil
had a goal that tied the game 1-1 in the first - and Anton
Volchenkov had 2 goals and 1 assist.
GAME 4 > Anaheim 3 Ottawa 2
Dany Heatley got on
the scoreboard for the first time in this series, and Daniel
Alfredsson led by example, but it wasn't enough, as Andy
McDonald and Dustin Penner elevated their game to help the
Ducks push the Senators to the brink.
GAME 5 >
Anaheim 6 Ottawa 2
evident right from the drop of the puck in this series -
Anaheim was the better team and clearly wanted it more.
Props to Ottawa for the way they ended their season,
especially after the way they started, but the Ducks are
Champions and take the Cup to the West Coast for the first
time ever. Congratulations to Scott & Rob Niedermayer,
Teemu Selanne, Todd Marchant, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, and
everybody else in the Ducks organization. Scott
Niedermayer also won the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP -
no surprise and good choice.