Ducks are mighty after all

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:34 AM ET

ANAHEIM -- The Senators aren't going to Disneyland.

Its Stanley Cup dreams shattered, Canada's team sat slumped on the bench in stunned silence as the clock counted down in a 6-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks last night in Game 5 -- the best-of-seven series clincher.

Even though this was the furthest the Senators have ever been in the playoffs, they can't be satisfied in having to watch the Ducks bring the Cup to the Golden State for the first time in NHL history.

While captain Daniel Alfredsson showed up last night with a two-goal performance, goalie Ray Emery saved his worst for last.

Travis Moen scored twice -- one in which he was credited after an Ottawa own goal -- while Andy McDonald, Rob Niedermayer and Francois Beauchemin added singles for the Ducks.

Lower those Senators' flags to half-mast, there will be no parade to Parliament Hill and no Cup in Canada for the 14th straight year. Instead, the Ducks will be the ones taking the Cup to Disneyland.

"This is the worst feeling as a hockey player," said Senators forward Mike Comrie.

"This is really hard to talk about right now. We just didn't come up with the goals and the plays that we needed."

It would have taken a miracle for the Senators to erase the 3-1 deficit they faced last night. And after the puck was dropped to start the game, their slim chances shrunk even more.

They needed Emery to come up with a stellar performance, but it fell apart early as two goals -- one from McDonald and another soft one from Niedermayer -- in the first period put the Senators in a hole in which they could not crawl out.

Midway through the second, Alfredsson was able to breathe some life into the Senators by taking a pass from Mike Fisher and beating J.S. Giguere high on the glove side at 11:27.

But the own goal a few minutes later cost the Senators any momentum they had built up.

Emery, after passing the puck to Phillips behind the net, tried to get back to the crease when Phillips lost control of the puck and it ended up bouncing into the net. Moen was credited for the marker.

"It's not (Phillips') fault," said Emery. "It was a 6-2 game. That wasn't the reason we lost."

Alfredsson scored again at 17:38 of the second, beating Giguere on the glove side to make it 3-2, but Beauchemin restored the two-goal lead toward the end of the middle frame and Anaheim would never look back.

The Ducks got off to the kind of start they wanted. Not only did they get three power-play chances in the first, they were able to cash in on one of them and that's all it took to stick the nail in Ottawa's coffin.

Emery didn't look good on either effort. The opening goal by McDonald at 3:41 of the first bounced off Phillips' skate and beat Emery through the five-hole. Then Niedermayer beat Emery with a weak backhander on the stick side at 17:41.

"Nothing was really happening and I was disappointed for (Emery), not at him but for him," said Senators coach Bryan Murray.

"He really had a battle to support his own players' play."

Scott Niedermayer won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP and collected that prize before commissioner Gary Bettman handed the captain the Stanley Cup.

"I'm tired physically, but you don't get tired of this," Niedermayer said of winning his fourth championship.

"I can't believe how fortunate I've been."


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