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DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

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ANAHEIM -- Joe Corvo was thoroughly disgusted.

"I was expecting respectable," the Senators defenceman said as he returned to the dressing room following yesterday's practice at the Honda Center. "That's not even respectable."

Corvo wasn't speaking of the Senators' performance in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final, although the object of his ire may have played at least a small part in it.

Ottawa's downfall in the 3-2 loss to the Ducks on Monday night was because of turnovers and the big line's inability to perform any of the offensive magic that led the team this far.

Poor ice conditions probably contributed somewhat to the latter, if not the former.

"It's like you're playing with a tennis ball," Corvo said of attempts to get anything done in the off-day, on-ice workout. "(The ice) is bad and it's chippy. The puck doesn't want to stay flat.

"It's unbelievable."

While some will point out that both teams had to deal with the same sheet, Corvo said the Ducks are used to the problem.

"It's going to cause us to play more of a dump-and-chase game (tonight), which is good," he said. "We got away from it (in Game 1), I guess.

"I wasn't thinking about (ice conditions) much during the game, but it was pretty bad. (Yesterday) it was worse than ever."

The same can not be said about the Senators. They were pretty bad Monday -- and it's very doubtful they can get any worse.

THIS AND THAT

Senators defenceman Wade Redden was not glaring at or angry with blue-line partner Andrej Meszaros on Anaheim's decisive goal Monday, despite what it might have looked like on TV. "I thought I got picked," Redden said yesterday. "I was looking at the ref." Neither was he ticked at Meszaros when the two were sitting on the bench, despite what might have been said on the TV broadcast. "I was obviously upset," said Redden. "CBC made their own conclusions on that one, I guess." ... Ducks winger Travis Moen was scoring timely goals this spring even before getting the game winner with three minutes to go Monday. Take, for instance, the fourth game of Anaheim's second-round series against the Vancouver Canucks. Moen's family members took a break from doing the seeding at the farm in Stewart Valley (just outside of Swift Current, Sask.) to watch the overtime, but they knew it couldn't be a long one as timing in this situation was important, too. Almost as though sensing their dilemma, Moen scored the winner early in the extra period. "I think I got about seven or eight phone calls and a couple of text messages," he said of the response from back home to his winner in the Cup final. "I think my parents had about 50 people over to watch it ... they were pretty excited. There was lots of cheering in the background on one of those phone calls."

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMM...

If you had just returned from Mars and were not aware of the date and circumstances, you might think that the Ducks won the Stanley Cup on Monday. From goalie J.S. Giguere, in a kneeling position, throwing his arms high into the air, to the rest of the jubilation from his teammates, it almost looked like their first victory in the Cup final was their fourth victory in the Cup final. "We were down 2-1 going into the third and we came back," reasoned Todd Marchant yesterday. "We found a way to win it and we enjoyed it for the time we had. But now we move on. It was the first game in the Stanley Cup finals, and for a lot of us that had never been there before it was nice to win. But we know we need three more." ... The guilty list, which is likely bigger than we could ever imagine, already included stars such as Brian Campbell and Dany Heatley. Randy Carlyle and Bryan Murray added their names to it yesterday. Let's not point out to any of them that a series is still a series when there's more than one of them. It's too much fun listening to people say serieses.

ICE CHIPS

In the crowd tonight will be former 67's captain Zenon Konopka. A former Duck who is now in the Columbus system, Konopka is in town cheering on two good friends in particular -- Anaheim's Dustin Penner and Kent Huskins, an Ottawa native ... The crowd at last night's Seattle Mariners-Los Angeles Angels game included about 15 more Canadian sportswriters than usual ... Last word to Coach Murray: "This is the Stanley Cup final. This is the time to meet challenges."


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