Well, Anaheim is clearly a defenceman's team. Last night's event skated perilously close to the sort of game I don't enjoy watching, where the play is almost entirely dictated by a suffocating defense. Every time Alfredsson, Heatley and Spezza attempted to assemble their rush, they found three Ducks waiting for them across the blue-line. The Senators spent three periods beating their heads against the wall, then scratching their heads trying to figure out how two Ducks could outplay the two Senators on defense.
If Sens goalie Ray Emery weren't on fire, the Senators would have been taken to the cleaners. Neidermeyer was spectacular to watch, and there were moments in the second and third period where you could see the Senators trying to tease apart the Anaheim defense. Too little, too late. I'll be curious to see what sort of strategic changes coach Bryan Murray makes. For the regular season he and the Senators have been capable of readjusting their play with breathtaking results. My hunch, and here I must resort to the precise language of acute analysis, is something will "click" for the Sens and they'll win three straight games. But will it be the next three?