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Call the series
Ottawa in 4
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Ottawa in 5
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Ottawa in 6
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Ottawa in 7
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Buffalo in 4
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Buffalo in 5
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Buffalo in 6
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Buffalo in 7
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 11:34 pm    Post subject: Ottawa vs Buffalo Reply with quote

Well, it has come down to the two best teams in the East. Which one will prevail? I say, Ottawa in 6. In truth, it could go either way.

Ottawa has played well against Buffalo all season, winning 5 of 8. Ottawa is playing well in the playoffs, and I would say that they have played tougher opponents. They are also getting a good rest before the start of round 3.
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2007 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A rest is good so long as it's not too long of a rest. I wish the Ottawa Senators' work ethic was reflected in the Red Chamber but I guess that's too much to ask...

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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No rust on Ottawa. Holy hell what a start by Ottawa, shorty, then a power play goal. Too bad Afinogenov had to get one, but you could not hope for a much better start on the road. Emery looks sharp.
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, Buffalo in 4 guy. Wrong.
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2007 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One heel of an Ottawa effort. Buffalo is on the ropes. I expect to see the most desperate hockey of the playoff on Monday in Ottawa; Buffalo will not go gently into the night. No city has had more sports heart break than Buffalo.
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2007 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Sens picked a good time to be hot and Buffalo looks tired.

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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2007 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac wrote:
The Sens picked a good time to be hot and Buffalo looks tired.

-Mac


No kidding. Everytime Buffalo went up the ice it was one man by himself. Buffalo does not look like a team that won their division. In fact, without Miller right now I think both of these games would have been blowouts.
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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2007 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know, last nights game was pretty horrible.

Ottawa played badly for most of the game, emery was pretty strong considering that the defence was so lousy!

Glad they won though..
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, unless Buffalo is going to be the first team in history to come back from 3 games down in a best of 7, Ottawa is bound for the show.
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sens played much better tonight than they have... it was good to see
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am of the opinion that both Buffalo and Ottawa are playing well, and that the reason Buffalo looks terrible is because the Sens are just that good. They are playing their best hockey of the year at exactly right time. The reason Ottawa does not look as good as you think they should is that Buffalo is a really good team.

I don't think Buffalo has quit or laid down in this series, I think they have been beaten.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like the refs are determined to make this series go the distance. I've never seen such stupid calls.

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Senators reach Stanley Cup final
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5/19/2007 5:58:21 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y. (CP) - Will the third time be a charm for Canada?

Captain Daniel Alfredsson scored 9:32 into overtime Saturday to give the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres that wrapped up the Eastern Conference final in five games, and booked them a trip to the Stanley Cup final for the first time since re-entering the league in 1992.

Alfredsson, arguably the best player in this year's NHL playoffs, beat Ryan Miller with a low shot just inside the post on the glove side, stunning a sellout crowd of 18,690 at HSBC Arena.

The Senators hope to achieve what Calgary (2004) and Edmonton (2006) just failed to do in the last two championship series, bring the Cup home to Canada.

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The old Senators did just that 80 years ago in 1927. No Canadian team has won Lord Stanley's prize since the Montreal Canadiens in 1993.





Ottawa, unlike the Flames and Oilers, won't be going into the Cup final as a big underdog. They polished off the President's Trophy winners in five games, serving notice to either Detroit or Anaheim what awaits them in the final series.

Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley also scored for the Senators, who ran their playoff record to an impressive 12-3 - winning all three of their playoff series in five games.

Maxim Afinogenov and Jochen Hecht scored for the Sabres, who will have a President's Trophy banner hanging down from the rafters at HSBC Arena next season but not the one they've dreamed of since coming into the league in 1970 - a Cup banner.

And big questions now follow the Sabres into the off-season with star centres Chris Drury and Daniel Briere both slated for unrestricted free agency July 1. Did they play their last game in a Sabres uniform Saturday?

Buffalo fans get knocked for their fatalist attitude but they were rocking Saturday, trying to push their team to a sixth game.

An electric atmosphere didn't translate into electric hockey early on, both teams somewhat tentative in a scoreless first period, the Sabres not registering their first shot on goal until eight minutes in.

Shots were 7-7 after 20 minutes but the best chance wasn't a shot, Ottawa defenceman Anton Volchenkov saving a sure goal when he dove to stop Derek Roy's attempt at an empty net seven minutes into the game.

Hecht got the 18,690 fans out of their seats 4:30 into the second period, jumping on a loose puck after a broken play in front of Emery, knocking in a backhand past Emery to give Buffalo the much-needed first goal it craved.

Ottawa got a great chance to get back into it moments later with a 5-on-3 power play for 48 seconds, but a big shot block from Drury and a crossbar hit by Spezza kept it 1-0 as Sabres fans roared their approval.

But as has been the case for most of the series, the Sabres couldn't contain Ottawa's star-studded big line.

First Spezza grabbed a rebound and slid a pass over to Heatley who deposited into the empty side at 15:41. Then a beauty, Alfredsson with a nifty feed to Spezza on a 2-on-1 with only 39 seconds to go in the middle period, as Spezza went down to one knee for the old fist pump the air got sucked out of HSBC Arena.

The Sabres, however, didn't back down in the third period and were handed a glorious chance to tie it with a 5-on-3 man advantage for 1:30, and they didn't waste it.

Afinogenov slipped in a rebound at the side of the net at 10:58, a goal that blew the roof off HSBC Arena.

Moments earlier Drury took a Tim Connolly point shot in the face and headed straight to the dressing room. He did not return until two minutes into the overtime session.

The Sabres got another power play with just over seven minutes to play in the third period but it was Ottawa that came closest to scoring, Antoine Vermette hitting the outside of the post on a partial break.

The fans didn't back down with their boisterous support, singing along to Bon Jovi's ''Living On A Prayer'' with less than five minutes to go in the game, their beloved team's season very much living on a prayer.

Another Sabres power play with 2:50 to go in the third failed to yield a goal, producing the second overtime game of the series.

Buffalo went 1-for-7 on the power play and ended the series 2-for-29, a major reason for the Sabres' downfall.

Notes: Game 1 hero Oleg Saprykin was a healthy scratch for Ottawa, replaced by Patrick Eaves, who had been out since sustaining a head injury in Game 3 of the Senators' first-round series with Pittsburgh. Tough guy Brian McGrattan and defenceman Lawrence Nycholat were the other notable scratches . Forward Dainius Zubrus (lower body) was out for Buffalo, replaced in the lineup by rookie Drew Stafford. Forward Daniel Paille and tough guy Andrew Peters were healthy scratches.

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congratulations Ottawa on making it to the cup finals! Ottawa is playing so well right now and it's amazing to think that they've only had to play 15 games to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals.
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BLueWLU wrote:
Congratulations Ottawa on making it to the cup finals! Ottawa is playing so well right now and it's amazing to think that they've only had to play 15 games to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals.


I don't think they are playing well at all.... they are on a rollercoaster ride of good period-bad period.
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