Saturday, June 02, 2007

Senators Fight Back to Win Game 3 (Anaheim leads 2-1) [Michael Vinciguerra]

The Senators, who previously struggled and lost Games 1 and 2 against, Anaheim, finally displayed signs of life in their 5-3 victory over Anaheim on Saturday. As a result of crucial physical and offensive performances from their depth players, the Senators were able to prevent Anaheim from blowing the game open each of the three times Anaheim took a one-goal lead. Fourth liner, Dean McAmmond, is credited with the winning goal on a shot that went in off of Anaheim's defenseman, Chris Pronger.

During games 1 and 2, Anaheim used their physical advantage to maintain possession of the puck and create scoring opportunities. However, in game 3, Ottawa was not thrown off their game, as they out shot and out hit Anaheim for the first time in this series. In addition, Anaheim was penalized 8 more minutes in the box than the Senators. This is exactly the kind of turn-around performance the Senators needed in a must-win to gain hope in a series which looked predominantly one-sided. Game 4 will take place Monday night.

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