Fan-demonium rules!

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

It was enough to stagger even the toughest of Senators.

"Kind of scary, almost," Ray Emery said when asked about the euphoria surrounding the Senators goalie and his teammates upon arrival in the nation's capital Saturday night as the Eastern Conference champs. "I went downtown for a little bit ... people were yelling in my face. It was almost too much."

And Sunday?

"Somehow, people found out where I live and they were ringing my bell," he said.

Did you call the cops?

"No," he said with a grin. "I don't get nervous in Kanata, man."

Ah yes, home sweet home.

The Senators had a taste of what they mean to a hockey town gone bananas after snagging a reservation in the Stanley Cup final with "King Daniel Of Ottawa" Alfredsson's OT winner against the Sabres.

Most impressive to the players was the thousands of fans who welcomed them home at the airport.

Even speaking of it yesterday after practice, chills started running up and down their spines again.

Chris Kelly: "I've seen a lot of things, but nothing like coming off the plane at the airport. There must have been 5,000 people there. To see that many supporting us, especially on a long weekend when people are out of town, was really fun."

Dany Heatley: "I saw a few people, looking out the one side of the plane. I thought there was 100, maybe 200, and that was normal. Then we got out ... it was pretty awesome."

Daniel Alfredsson: "It was overwhelming. I thought there would be a few hundred people, but it was quite the reception. That just shows the great support we have here and how passionate the fans are. You imagine what would happen if we won the whole thing and how crazy they would go. "

Mike Fisher: "It was cool. Not just the cheering, but they were going nuts. Then they started chanting 'Alfie, Alfie, Alfie' ... it was unbelievable."

Patrick Eaves: "It was great. And I saw Elgin St. on TV. It looked pretty crazy. The whole city's got great energy right now. It's fun to go downtown. There's a great buzz. Now hopefully we can keep it going for the fans."

Jason Spezza: "It was definitely something I could get used to. It was definitely something I want to have happen again."

Alfredsson again: "I can only imagine what will happen if we win it all."

CAPTAIN QUIPS

"I've heard it, yes. I don't know all the words. I don't know how it goes. You've got to get Ray up here." -- Alfredsson's response to questions about the recently released rap song about the Senators.

"Who knows? It's out of my control. I have two more years on my contract after this. I don't think I'll be asking for a trade." -- Alfredsson on how his career will wind down.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMM ...

Don't need to tell Heatley that he'll receive zero consideration for the starring role in Grizzly Adams Returns. "Fishy's got a good look goin', with the long hair and the beard. Patrick Eaves deserves honorable mention and Chris Phillips' is pretty good, too," Heatley said when asked about standouts in the progress of the team's playoff facial follicle growth. "Mine is more of a playoff goatee, an ugly goatee. I struggle at the sides, for sure." ... Bryan Murray mentioned earlier in the playoff run that more Senators success means longer lines to the city's bars and restaurants, adding that the only way he could get in was to mention he knew a player. Yesterday, he was asked if that has changed. "I'm sure if I went into a line now someone might let me go ahead," he said. Maybe a spot or two ... Bounces have gone Ottawa's way the past six weeks to be sure. "You're only lucky if you work hard to put yourself in a position to be lucky," said Murray. "I think if you play a skill game only, you don't have a chance in this league." ... With a 7-1 playoff record in buildings not called Scotiabank Place, the Senators have no problem starting the final on the road. But they don't prefer it either, despite Murray's bravado. "It's a real advantage," he said of beginning the best-of-seven championship in either Detroit or Anaheim. "It's a real advantage for us. We've played so disciplined, so well, I think starting on the road is a good thing for us." They'll also be thrilled to return to Ottawa tied 1-1 with whatever team they face.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"You're asking the wrong guy. You've gotta ask Volch. Occasionally, they hit me and I scream like a girl." -- Joe Corvo, sending props Anton Volchenkov's way when asked on TSN's Off The Record about the Senators' shot-blocking in the playoffs.


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