Revved up for a title run

AEDAN HELMER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:23 AM ET

If you see a souped-up Volkswagen revving up the red on Kanata streets, chances are it's 23-year-old Jordan Kruz.

Kruz called in a couple favours for a custom detailing job, turning his 2004 Jetta into a decked-out fanmobile.

He figures the work would have normally cost around $1,000, but that's what friends are for, right?

"I love hockey, but it's all about the drive," said Kruz.

Speaking of drive, Kruz figures that's what was missing from the Senators' game in a pair of lacklustre losses in Anaheim in the first two games of the Stanley Cup final.

'SKATE, SKATE, SKATE'

"If we had a team of (Mike) Fishers, we'd be up 2-0 right now," said Kruz. "When he's on the ice, his feet are always moving."

Kruz said it's hard to pinpoint exactly what has gone wrong with the Senators, who looked so dominant at times in these playoffs but have yet to find their legs in the final.

"Just get out there and skate, skate, skate," offered Kruz.

The car has been getting a lot of attention lately, parked outside Issac's Restaurant, which Kruz co-owns.

The car features vinyl decals of the Sens logo on the hood, a life-sized Stanley Cup along the side declaring "Stanley's Comin' Home!" and each player's name pasted across the tire rims.

"A lot of people have been stopping and commenting," said Kruz, who took the car out in the Be Red rally before Game 1 last Monday.

"I was in there, we went down to Elgin St. and the whole bit," he said.

As for the final, Kruz predicts it will go seven games.

"If they don't turn it around at home, though," he said, "then we're in trouble."

If the unthinkable happens and the Senators fall short of the ultimate goal, Kruz says the decals will stay -- at least for a while.

"I'll leave them on there for a bit, just to show the boys some pride," said Kruz. "It's been, what, 80 years since we've had the Cup in Ottawa? It's been since 1993 that the Cup has been in Canada. This only comes around once in a while."

If the Senators make it back to the final next year, you can be sure Kruz will be revving up the red again. "I'll go through all of this again, and I'll probably add a couple other things, too," he said.


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