Offence goes to the dogs

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

ANAHEIM -- Snoop Dogg should have at least gone with a neutral colour last night.

Instead, the bad-ass rapper was spotted wearing a Ducks jersey (along with a fake George Parros-like moustache in honour of the Anaheim enforcer) when he was shown on the Honda Center big screen during a second-period break in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final.

Talk about a slap in the face for Ray Emery, who presented the Dogg a Senators pullover at a pre-Christmas concert in Ottawa. He deserved better, especially on this occasion.

"If I wore that sweater here I'd be barbecued," Snoop told the CBC's Scott Oake during the second intermission.

Emery was just plain hot in his second Cup final game. In stopping all 26 shots he faced through two periods, he was the reason the Senators were tied at zeros going into the third.

At that point, his teammates had mustered only 11 toward J.S. Giguere.

Emery's best saves in the middle frame were with his right skate, in about the same place, on back-to-back shots by Corey Perry and Dustin Penner, and then, 90 seconds later, the grab off a Rob Niedermayer backhand.

Emery was again stellar in the third.

At that point, the Dogg must have been torn, not knowing whether to cheer or roll over.

Meanwhile, the real dogs are the Emery teammates who couldn't give their goalie a break by generating anything at the other end of the ice.

STARTS AND STOPS

At least the Senators had some chances on this two-man power-play advantage, which lasted 68 seconds in the first. Mike Comrie's bad luck continued when twice he failed to get the puck at an open net. Comrie entered the night in a 13-game slump ... Giguere appeared to make his best stop off a Dany Heatley doorstep chance on the same 5-on-3 ... Jason Spezza took a good whack at Sammy Pahlsson that went unnoticed in the first. Along with whatever provoked it, you can suspect the slash was a combination of frustrations for Spezza, both with his own play and with what has been caused him by the pesky Duck ... Felt like I was on some sort of disjointed TSN breakfast panel yesterday that included James Duthie and Darren Dreger. At the time we broke eggs, three of the five of us were still picking the Senators to win the series.

BETWEEN PERIODS

Sens owner Eugene Melnyk was back in black jacket, shirt and pants after wearing a suit against his better judgment in Game 1. Melnyk told the A-Channel's Ken Evraire his choice of clothing Monday was the reason his team lost. "I'm superstitious," he said ... You probably didn't know that Comrie once worked for Scott and Rob Niedermayer. It was in 2000-01 when he was scoring 39 goals in 37 games for the Kootenay Ice and the Ducks brothers owned a piece of the WHL team ... Getting a rise out of the Anaheim fans was a third-period chance that Wade Redden floated off the crossbar before Emery scooped it to safety ... Wonder if he could reclaim the jersey he gave to Snoop and deliver it to Belly. The Ottawa rapper deserves it for the song he wrote on the Senators.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMM ...

Quite a move up in the world for Pierre McGuire. He's gone from a spot between the benches to a Cheapseats seat in the same row as us -- one row from the top of the building ... We must hone our skills at the California sports pastime of celeb-spotting. I'm not seeing them at the Honda Center, just as I didn't notice Jennifer Aniston at the Angels' game Tuesday night ... Of the many beautiful people shown on the videoboards during stops in play, none were more eye-catching than the two lovely ladies who popped onto the screens with 4:16 left in the first. You could tell they were good friends, too, the way they shared such a nice kiss.

QUICK HITS

The Senators came out tossing their weight around, with Mike Fisher setting the tone when he rammed Scott Niedermayer into the end boards on the first shift ... Moments later, Chris Kelly delivered the biggest bang of the series when he snapped Perry's head back by bowling him over just inside the Anaheim blue line ... Through 40 minutes, Game 1 hero Travis Moen and Anton Volchenkov led the hit count with four each.


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