We have a series
Senators 5, Ducks 3
Anaheim leads series 2-1
"I felt it was a goal all along. To me, it felt like I never kicked the puck. I never lifted my foot. I was confident it was going to be a goal. At the same time you never know, but it felt like a goal."
"It's not up to me to decide what happens but it was an elbow to the head. I can't understand how it was missed by four officials. Dean was knocked out. He's okay now but I don't know what the situation will be going forward."
The beauty of last night's game was that we actually saw scoring, lead changes and momentum shifts. In reducing Anaheim's lead in the series to 2-1, the Senators did the one thing that they were unable to do in consecutive losses in California — put the puck in behind the Ducks' defence and then aggressively get in on the fore-check to retrieve it.
Duhatschek also makes the case here that, in light of Alfredsson's "goal," pucks should be allowed to be directed in with the kick of a skate blade, something that I honestly can't agree with given the danger it would put players down on the ice in.
Besides, the last thing the NHL needs is one more comparison to "soccer on ice."