Luck is on Sens' side

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

BUFFALO -- The Senators had their good luck charm with them when they left for Buffalo yesterday.

No, not Tom Chorske's Buddha. Or Bruce Gardiner's toilet drenched stick. Or even the horseshoe Randy Cunneyworth first started toting with them on the road.

No yesterday they had Martin Gerber in tow.

For someone that has only played in eight post-season games, the goalie's record is very impressive.

In Gerber's first year with Anaheim, the Ducks made it to the Stanley Cup finals.

In his first year with Carolina, the Hurricanes made it to the finals.

And now, in his first year with the Senators, they are but a step away.

He's been nothing more than the backup 'tender in each case, but with Gerber on their side, their elimination of the Sabres would seem to be a mere formality.

"I was talking about that with my girlfriend," Gerber said yesterday when it was suggested that he's become something of a four leaf clover in the playoffs. "We've been very fortunate to go through what we've gone through.

"I played with Adam Oates (in Anaheim) and he had been in the league for something like 20 years before he finally got there that year.

"You see guys who have played over 400 games and never been there. You realize how fortunate you are, having a chance to play for it. Things have been good so far. No complaints here."

Now, remember, the Sabres are going to have something to say about any three-peat, and Ottawa's attempt to make it to the Final Two for the first time. Maybe the Senators should start rubbing Gerber's head before taking the ice. Just for luck.

This and that

Team Sun is attacking Buffalo in full force, as Cee Jay Stevenson, "Sideways" Bruce Garrioch and super snapper Sean "Kilty" Kilpatrick joined Cheapseats in a van graciously donated (for a few hundred dollars) by National Car Rental's Johnny "The Name Game" Madden yesterday. En route to the Queen City, we noticed a loose dog running along the highway. He wasn't choking. If that's not a good omen for the Senators, what is? .... Overheard as practice was winding down, this gem from coach Bryan Murray. "Hey Emery," he bellowed at his goalie, Ray. "Do you know what time we're leaving?" ... This, from a hockey-knowledgeable talk show host in Buffalo. "Which one hit Tim Connolly last year? Schubert or Schaefer? I get them mixed up." Yeah. They're almost twins. Like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito maybe.

Snap shots

Mike Comrie, who spends his off-seasons in Los Angeles, says he's known ultra-hot Canadian-born actress Elisha Cuthbert for about six years. "We're good friends," said Comrie. "I'm friends with (her boyfriend) Sean Avery too, but maybe you shouldn't put that in. I might get booed." .... The immigration officer at Hill Island yesterday isn't big on the Senators' chances of beating the Sabres. "Buffalo in five," he said. "They're too fast." His name is Paul Anderson. "Hey," says Sideways Bruce. "Like the former Maple Leaf." You mean Paul Henderson? "No, I was thinking John Anderson." He never won a Stanley Cup either .... Here's wishing a speedy bounce back to the Team 1200's Steve "Plum" Lloyd, who is now home recovering from surgery. Plum and Kilty share the same hometown of Carleton Place, which is also the site of a world-class watering hole called The Thirsty Moose.

Prediction from the Moose yesterday?

"Senators in six," offered Gorm.


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