Dora sticks it to the Sens

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:32 AM ET

Scotiabank Place has been swiped by Dora the Explorer and her band of furry friends.

The hit children's cartoon series is booked for five live-action concerts next Saturday and Sunday at the arena, meaning Hockey Night in Canada won't be able to broadcast a Senators game next weekend.

Unless the Habs lose their first-round series in six games and the Sabres win their series in six, the earliest Ottawa could start Round 2 is next Monday.

If the Sens know their second-round opponent by Wednesday, it's possible Game 1 could be played Friday night at Scotiabank Place. Otherwise, it will be Monday.

For the uninitiated -- as explained to me yesterday by my niece, Elizabeth Ross -- Dora and her sidekick, Boots the Monkey, "go around helping people and exploring."

When they run into trouble, it's usually thanks to Swiper the Fox. Just as sly Swiper is about to swoop in and take something, Dora and Boots invite the viewer to help them chant: "Swiper, no swiping."

Naturally, after a couple of chants, Swiper knows he's been caught, lets out an, "Aw, man," and disappears.

If only things were so easy for the Sens and president Roy Mlakar.

"This is a business and you have to run it as a business," Mlakar said after the Sens eliminated the Bolts Saturday night. "We're not doing anything different than anybody else is doing with their building."

Under NHL rules, teams are not allowed to book their buildings for three consecutive days in April, May or June because of the playoffs. One team has its building booked for five consecutive nights during the second round and there are indications some of the shows will have to be cancelled if the club advances.

"If you're in Los Angeles and the Clippers, Lakers and Kings are all in the playoffs at the same time and all using the same building, then there's nothing you can do about it," said Mlakar.

"You just have to deal with it and work around it. You have to act within the rules and that's what we're doing."

Mlakar said he had no idea when Round 2 will begin for the Senators, but tickets will go on sale today at 10 a.m.

"It's either going to be Friday or Monday and you can never rule out the possibility of playing back-to-back in the playoffs," said Mlakar.


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