Tuesday, May 29, 2007

2007 NHL Playoffs Recap and Video Highlights - May 29th

Physicality was the name of the game last night as the Ducks did their best to physically intimidate the Senators. Ottawa wasn't having any of it and they replied with their fair share of open ice hits, battles in the corners and after the whistle scrums. But the Ducks came out on top at the end of the game to go up 1-0 in the Stanley Cup Final.

Last nights Recap:

Ottawa Senators 2 (0) at Anaheim Ducks 3 (1) : The Ducks got the game winning goal from their checking line (Travis Moen) with 2:51 left in the third period. In the final minute with Chris Pronger in the penalty box and Ray Emery on the Senators bench J.S. Giguere stopped Daniel Alfredsson on a mad scramble in front of the net to preserve the third period comeback win.

Great game, lots of hits and passion but the story of this game began over the weekend as the start of the series was delayed by three days because Anaheim had booked an Ice show in their building over the weekend. The extra three days rest was critical for a depleted Anaheim squad and deadly for a well rested Ottawa Senators team. Expect game two to be a different affair as the Senators shake off the rust and come out with something to prove.

Keep an eye on the penalties in this series, if Anaheim continues to march to the box Ottawa will make them pay. The Ducks took 7 penalites including a lengthy 5-3 deficit but managed to only give up 2 power play goals. What saved them last night was not giving up a single 5-5 goal.

From the NHL Highlight Machine

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