Game 4 thread
Ducks 3, Senators 2
Anaheim leads series 3-1
Two hours until game time, I figure I might as well open the usual game thread up early, and I'll try and check in as the game goes along (although no promises).
Also be sure to check in with the guys over at the AOL Fanhouse for another riotous live blog.
UPDATE Interestingly enough, the Ducks don't look so hot tonight, and were thoroughly outplayed for probably the first time in the first period. In the Western Conference final, Anaheim managed to win a couple of games despite not looking all that impressive, and with the score still 1-0, there's a chance we'll see that here.
Down a couple of Chrises (Kunitz and Pronger), the Ducks are certainly looking like they're missing something so far tonight.
UPDATE The Ducks get on the board with yet another goal off the cycle (you'd think someone would be covering behind the net by now). Much better period for Anaheim – and a really nice move by Andy McDonald to help start off the play and then finish it by outwaiting (outwitting?) Ray Emery.
Maybe this series will be McDonald's coming out party, as he's been a terrific offensive player in the West now for two seasons with very little fanfare.
UPDATE No sooner did I hit 'publish post' than did McDonald outwait (outwit?) Emery again on a deke that sent the defender, Anton Volchenkov, flailing into the corner while the Ducks' centre deposited the puck into the netminder's five-hole.
Teemu Selanne gets all of the pub among the Ducks forwards, but McDonald's creativity and speed really help make good on all of those nice transition plays Randy Carlyle likes to employ.
The goal, his second of the game, moves McDonald into second in playoff goal scoring with nine, two behind the leader, Daniel Alfredsson.
UPDATE Patrick Eaves threads the needle (which in this case are the legs of Ducks defender) to setup Dany Heatley and tie this one at two late in the second.
UPDATE Dustin Penner and Selanne score on a two-on-two play that pushes the score to 3-2 and ultimately proves the winner.
As for the Senators: If you can't win at home against a team missing its top defenceman, you don't deserve to win the Stanley Cup.