Monday, June 04, 2007

Senators are Back in the Series

There's a giant logjam for second place going into Game 4 tonight. There are five teams all tied up with 211 points, but Dan leads the way with 58 goals, Benson is next with 55, Tim has 54, Aaron has 52, and Don has 44. Unfortunately for all of them, it looks as though Derek will run away with first place, although it isn't entirely guaranteed yet.

TimeTeamGoal Scorer Assist
5:39 (1st) ANA Andy McDonald (7) Teemu Selanne (9)
16:109 (1st) OTT Chris Neil (2) Chris Kelly (3) Andrej Meszaros (6)
5:20 (2nd) ANA Corey Perry (5) Dustin Penner (4) Ryan Getzlaf (5)
5:47 (2nd) OTT Mike Fisher (5) Anton Volchenkov (4)
7:38 (2nd) ANA Ryan Getzlaf (7) Dustin Penner (5) Corey Perry (7)
16:14 (2nd) OTT Daniel Alfredsson (11) Wade Redden (7) Joe Corvo (7)
18:34 (2nd) OTT Dean McAmmond (5) Oleg Saprykin (1) Christoph Schubert (1)
8:22 (3rd) OTT Anton Volchenkov (2) Anton Vermette (3) Chris Kelly (4)

Team Win Saves

OTT Ray Emery 19

There wasn't many points really earned in this game by any of the big players at the top, despite the 8 goals scored. Chris Neil isn't in the pool, neither is Anton Volchenkov, Dean McAmmond or Christoph Schubert. Those players took away six points from the pool, including the game winner. So, it was a pretty hit & miss kind of game when it came to what happened in the pool.

The real news in the pool, however, will be the loss of Chris Pronger for Game 4 tonight. His forearm to the head of Dean McAmmond in the third was punished by a one-game suspension handed out on Sunday by the NHL. Now, the Ducks did win the first time Pronger got suspended in the Red Wings' series, but this will be a whole new ballgame here against the Sens. McAmmond will not be available for Game 4, as he has not responded too well to his examinations over the weekend since the hit.

In other injury news, it looks as though Chris Kunitz, who returned to the line-up on Saturday night, also won't play in Game 4 after sustaining what looked to be a leg injury. No teams decided to take Kunitz in the pool, so he won't be missed in the standings, but he did provide a spark when he came back, which the top line may miss, especially without Pronger.

Spotlight Player
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Taken once in the pool, Chris Kelly gets our Spotlight Player before Game 4 tonight. He had a pair of assists in the Game 3 to help lead the charge for the Senators. Kelly had himself a great game, probably the best Senator (who was on the selection sheet) in the whole game. Great forechecking and had an offensive upside that paid off in spades in the game. You may want to look towards Kelly and his line again in the game tonight, as they will be in forechecking against the under-manned Ducks defense.

Game Winning Goal Scorer
Unfortunately, it was another non-pool game-winning goal scorer on Saturday night. Dean McAmmond scored the eventual winner in the second period of the game. Thanks to Chris Pronger though, McAmmond will not be able to score a game-winner tonight or possibly the rest of the series. So, if you're in need of those two points, you can take some comfort in that there is one less player who isn't in the pool that can score it and take those points away from you.

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