Schaefer losing his bite

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 4:59 PM ET


 Peter Schaefer's victory grin was missing a little something last night.

 The Senators gritty winger, originally credited with scoring the double-OT winner on Hockey Night in Canada, lost half of one of his front chicklets in the celebration that surrounded Mike Fisher's monumental tally in the Battle of Ontario's sixth game.

 "I lost a tooth in the pileup," smiled Schaefer afterward. "Somebody smoked me, I don't know who. Unbelievable. It's rougher in the scrum than it was in the game."

 He'll take a shot in that situation every time, however.

 STARTS AND STOPS: Fisher is the latest addition to a list that includes Todd White, Wade Redden, Shaun Van Allen and Chris Phillips. And they are? That's right, they're the Senators to score the sudden-death winners the last five times Ottawa has been in an overtime game in the playoffs ... If something made you think the Senators were going to lose in overtime last night, that something may have been the fact the Leafs had won each of the last four post-season games between the two clubs that had extended past 60 minutes ... The Senators barely made it to overtime, if you consider that Leafs C Ron Francis tipped a shot off the post with 91 seconds to go in the third and, in the final minute of regulation, White swept away a loose puck from the crease just before Toronto W Alexei Ponikarovsky could get to it ... Having a chance at redemption after watching Toronto's first goal from the penalty box was Greg de Vries. And not once, but twice, while the score was 1-1. On the first, he had a chance at an open net, with Ed Belfour caught behind it, only to fan on the shot. On the second, he jumped up for the rebound after Belfour stopped Daniel Alfredsson on a 1-on-1. That time, Belfour made a nice stop on him, too .... Best hits in overtime: Schaefer on Bryan McCabe, Zdeno Chara on Darcy "Mother" Tucker, Anton Volchenkov on Gary Roberts, Roberts on Wade Redden and Peter Bondra, with a shot off the cross-bar from a ridiculous angle ... The Senators will open the Corel Centre for fans interested in dropping by to watch Game 7 on the centre ice scoreboard. The doors open at 6 p.m. and admission and parking are free, but there will be collection made for those wishing to donate a non-perishable item to the food bank.

 BETWEEN PERIODS: Johnny Cameraman didn't put Matthew Perry on the centre-ice scoreboard until the 14:18 mark of the second period. The Friends co-star-turned-Senators-celebrity-cheerleader responded with a weak fist pump and by mouthing "c'mon" in an attempt to get the fans and the Senators going. It didn't work, in either case ... Wildly enthusiastic was Senators owner Eugene Melnyk (granted, this was a couple of minutes after Ottawa tied the game) as he whipped a towel like a helicopter blade and pointed to his wife, Laura, who was wearing a 'Leafs Suck' T-shirt. Clearly, the man who signs the cheques was enjoying himself, which is always important ... The four members of the Half-Hour Club last night were Brian Leetch (35:33 of ice time), McCabe (34:04), Chara (31:35) and Redden (30:50) ... Worthy of mention is the solid game Volchenkov turned in on the blue line for the Senators.

 THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMM...: Tough night for the officials, but at least their misfortune provides Cheapseats with a couple of gimmies. Action: Marian Hossa puts linesman Brad Lazarowich on the ice when he nails him in the back of the neck with a dump in. Reaction: Somebody should remind the Senators it's the dragons they're trying to slay, not the zebras. Action: Smolinski sends Kerry Fraser into a tailspin when he knocks the veteran referee to the ice with a nice bodycheck. Reaction (yeah, you guessed it): It was Smolinski's best hit all night ... Actually, Smolinski's name was jotted down in our notebook as one of the game's three stars through four periods ... Missed Spartacat's traditional (playoff) game opening jump from the ceiling while getting a coffee. Everything go okay this time? ... Bondra took a bad double-minor in a Game 6 against the Leafs? Why does that make us wonder how Ricard Persson is doing these days, anyway? ... Lazarowich may have still been a little woozy from taking the Hossa shot in the "upper body" near the end of the second, when he called icing on an errant Chris Neil pass back to the point that went all the way back into Ottawa territory ... Smolinski grazed the crossbar with a hard slap shot six seconds from the end of the second ... The Leafs had four shots on goal in the second period, with exactly none coming in the final 10 minutes of it.

 ICE CHIPS: Senators W Antoine Vermette came out hustling from the get-go. He registered the Senators' first hit (on Ken Klee) of the night and first shot on goal ... The latter, from the left-wing side boards, was considerably weaker than the former, which was into the end boards ... Thanks partly to the Bondra and de Vries penalties, Ottawa didn't get another shot on goal until Fisher's weak wrister from the right-wing side boards ... The Senators first scoring chance came off Redden's stick 14 minutes into the game ... Bondra had you shaking your head when he passed up on a chance to nail Leafs W Nik Antropov, coming out from behind the Toronto net ... Bondra did, however, snap the Senators out of a lull that looked a lot like the one they were in Friday night. He did so by charging to the post at Belfour's left and digging until Klee took a penalty trying to move him. On the delayed call, the Senators created a buzz, but Belfour made good stops off Alfredsson and Hossa ... Fraser tried to return a favour when he gave the Senators a two-man advantage for 40 seconds in the second period. Both calls -- an interference penalty to Leetch after he was jumped by Martin Havlat, and a cross-checking minor to McCabe for knocking Chara to the ice -- were weak ones, from where we sat ... The good and the bad -- Smolinski was 16-7 in faceoff circles while Radek Bonk was 6-14 ... Ottawa won 52% of all draws.


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