Game one provided us with as good a hockey game as we could have hoped for. The first period was full of excitement. Anaheim had a stretch where they must have been in the Ottawa zone for a full two minutes. The physical play in the game was great, as both teams finished checks, and Emery really did stand on his head to keep the Sens in that game.
Pahlsson kept the Alfredsson-Spezza-Heatley line in check, but he did take some stupid penalties that gave Ottawa several chances to take all of the momentum. His linemate, Travis Moen, scored the game winner and it showed why Anaheim has gotten this far. Depth. Say it twice. Now say it again. It is the KEY to winning in the new NHL. Without it, you're just the Phoenix Coyotes.
Keys for Game 2:
Physical Play: For the Senators to rebound from such a heart wrenching goal, they need to come out and start finishing checks right from the opening faceoff. When Chris Neil is out there, he needs to get under the skin of some of the Ducks. Anaheim is usually very calm, cool, and collected with their only real goon being Brad May. But if Anaheim takes penalites it leads to...
Power Play: The Senators were given several oppurtunities, including a 5-3 in the first period for over 90 seconds. They couldn't convert, and Anaheim fed off the crowd from that point on. Special teams are so important in the Playoffs and Anaheim has hot at killing penalties the last few games. Expect Ottawa to change some things on one of their unites.
Ottawa comes back strong after a disappointing Game 1. Gigure will be scored on early and be shaky from that point on. Expect Emery to have another great one.