Fans taste victory

HIMANI EDIRIWEERA -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:32 PM ET

 It's do or die time and the Ottawa Senators are about to be buried in a flurry of blue and white.

 In Game 6 tonight, the Sens have home advantage, but fans say the Leafs have "game advantage."

  "If history proves correct, the Sens are going down," said fan Alex Goldsmith, 32. "Of course it would have been nice to do it in four games, but six will do."

 As the puck hits the ice tonight at 7 p.m. the Leafs hope to win the Battle of Ontario IV.

 After Game 5 on Friday night, the horns started on the streets as Leafs fans revelled in the win -- all in preparation for the friendly riots that will hit the streets tonight after the game.

 The games were dirty and there were moments when fear stabbed the hearts of Leafs fans. But still -- on the eve that the Leafs advance to the second round -- fans stay strong in their faith.

 "There have been so many injuries and it almost seems as if the Sens have paid off the refs. It's really frustrating to watch at times but then winning it like this -- letting the Sens get so close, then snatching it away -- makes it that much sweeter," Goldsmith said. "It's like taking candy from a baby."

 The team has pulled together and put to rest the minds of fans who feared that injuries for key players could be fatal.

 "It's been very intense and it's hard to figure out who to blame," said Rob Dander, 48. "Do you blame the Sens for some dirty shots? Or do you blame the Leafs for slacking?"

 But, the diehard fan insists this will be the year they win the cup -- and there's no way that Ottawa will stand in their way.

 "No way, no how -- not now, not ever. Ottawa's allowed to come out only because it's fun kicking their butts," Dander said.

 "I'm sure Habs fans are happy since Ottawa got its franchise (team) because now Leaf fans have someone closer by to annoy."


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