Sens weren't themselves

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:13 AM ET

ANAHEIM -- They were rusty or nervous or just plain lousy through a long stretch in the first half of their first game in nine days.

Whatever the case, they weren't themselves.

And they were lucky they were lucky.

The Senators didn't get a single shot on goal between 5:36 of the first period and 3:22 of the second of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final, from a 40-foot wrister by Daniel Alfredsson to a 57-foot snapper by Tom Preissing.

The Anaheim Ducks took 11 shots during that stretch, but were still only tied at one with Ottawa before Canada's great white jersey returned to the action.

At the wheel was Mike Fisher, who managed to score a goal that was somehow not recognized as his for about two hours.

A strong shift by Fisher and his line drew a defensive zone penalty by Ryan Getzlaf on which the Ottawa power play would capitalize.

First, Joe Corvo put a shot through that J.S. Giguere had to be sharp on, then Corvo nailed the post with his own rebound. Seconds later, Wade Redden was firing a puck through everyone into the top corner of the Ducks net.

From there, the Senators seemed to have their heads back in the game.

The task ahead is going to be difficult no matter how they tackle it.

But the Senators most certainly will not be able to kill the Ducks unless they shoot.

STARTS AND STOPS

Redden's goal made up for his gaffe on the first Anaheim score. Whether he heard the footsteps of Ryan Miller's brother Andrew or just had a case of weak wrists, he's got to be able to get the puck off the glass and out of the zone in that case ... Redden also was guilty on the second Ducks score. He chose to go to the net with Brad May (when his partner, Andrej Meszaros, was in position to handle that job) and thus allowed Getzlaf a clear lane to the net to tie it 2-2 in the third period ... If he ever does finish his career in his home town, you probably don't want Sean O'Donnell on your softball team. His swing and a miss at a floating puck allowed the Senators their first goal ... The way Mike Comrie was celebrating, it's no wonder there was confusion over Ottawa's opening score. But he was probably just celebrating that his team had gone up -- and that Giguere was looking bad early on in the game.

BETWEEN PERIODS

Ray Emery had a little lady luck on a number of occasions, as pucks either slid past an open corner or were fumbled by an overzealous Anaheim shooter. Dustin Penner helped him out on a late second-period chance, too, as the big Duck put his backside in the way of a Corey Perry shot that appeared headed for mesh ... The officials took a nap during a two-minute stretch in the second. They missed, or let go, back-to-back stick fouls by Fisher and then had a blind eye while Sammy Pahlsson, from his knees in front of the net, finally succeeded in tripping Chris Phillips. When Phillips got up, Pahlsson cross-checked him back to the ice from behind. Still no call ... A different side of Peter Schaefer was revealed in the first period, when he led all players with four hits ... Phillips showed Getzlaf he's not easily tricked when he put the Ducks' standout sophomore on his back in mid-deke early in the game ... If you're lucky, Senators fan, Eugene Melnyk will look around the Honda Center and decide those nice big screens at either end of the rink would look good at The Bank, too.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMM ...

The "ref you suck" chants at the Honda Center make a lot more sense than the "Em-errrrr-eyyy" stuff that continually came out of Sabres fans last round ... Now there's a celebrity sighting -- 67's owner Jeff Hunt, in a sweet second-level seat ... A question that is going to be asked of Mark Messier, who's here doing TV work -- how did it feel to have John Muckler compare Alfredsson's leadership to that you provided actual Cup-winning teams? ... Chris Neil and Brad May should just drop the gloves and get it over with. Everyone will be much happier for it.

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH

The Senators' penalty killers were up to their old tricks with Dany Heatley in the box serving the team's first penalty. They didn't allow Anaheim a single shot on goal during the two minutes ... Let the record show that Spezza beat Pahlsson on the game's first faceoff ... Anton Volchenkov had six blocked shots through two periods, including a blast from Chris Pronger that just had to hurt ... Pahlsson equaled Schaefer's four-hit period with that many in the second.


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