Ducks shut down Sens again
Ducks 1, Senators 0
Anaheim leads series 2-0
“They’re our checking line, but they play extremely well together, they work well of one another and cycle the puck very well. All three of them are physical and make the other team play, and it wears them down.”Here's a question, and perhaps the only pertinent one at this point: Is it over?— Chris Pronger
Because with the way Ottawa played tonight, it sure looks that way. Outshot badly, outplayed and with a top line that looks anything but, the Senators are going to have to quickly reinvent themselves if they want to win the next two games at home — which is exactly what has to happen for them to make this a series.
Down 3-1 and heading back to Anaheim, they don't have a hope.
As of tonight, Sammy Pahlsson deserves the Conn Smythe, and everyone north of the border who said this was Ottawa's series to lose has a generous helping of crow waiting for them back home. The Ducks have shown two games in a row now that the Western Conference's dominance in limited regular season action against the East was hardly a mirage.
I know I'll be due an earful in the comments section for this, but I think that's all she wrote for the 2007 Stanley Cup finals, and sometime next week we'll be watching Edmonton's favourite son Chris Pronger parading the mug around the rink.
Because of the 31 finals series where the home team has gone up 2-0, only once has the visitor come back to win the championship.
Those are incredibly long odds for a team that hasn't been here before, and one that will likely have to win two games in the Pacific Time Zone — two more than they played west of St. Louis all year — to claw back into this one.
- ESPN's Scott Burnside, one of my favourite hockey writers, has an excellent roundup of the night's activities here