Babe, this one's for you

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

Chris Neil made a special trip after Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final Saturday night.

The Senators winger went to the hospital to visit wife Caitlin and new daughter Hailey Jean, who was born late Friday night.

Neil had a present for his new daughter: The puck he used to score the game's first goal in the Senators' 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks earlier that night.

"She had a good grip on it. I think she wanted to start sucking on it," said Neil. "Obviously, she doesn't know what it is, but she will in time to come."

When it was pointed out Hailey will one day hear the story behind the puck -- dad had promised to score a goal for her before the game -- Neil said: "We've got a better story to write yet. That's the bottom line. We won one game. We haven't done anything yet. We've got three more to go. That's what we played all year for.

"It's going to be some good battles from here on in."

Neil said the difference for the Senators from the first two games of the best-of-seven series to Game 3 was largely on an individual basis.

"That was the biggest thing in Anaheim, we didn't win battles. They were outhustling us to the puck. They wanted it more," he said.

"We know they are going to be better next game (tonight's Game 4). Their intensity level is going to be up and we have to match it. Their battle level is high."

Winger Mike Comrie had another explanation for the Senators' turnaround in Game 3.

"We got our legs into it,'' he said. ''We got some speed through the neutral zone.

''I think it's hard to defend four lines that are skating. The first two games we were caught standing still. We changed a few things, but I can't tell you what because then I would have to kill ya."

The support from the Scotiabank Place crowd didn't hurt the cause either.

"They just keep surprising every game,'' Neil said of the Senators' fans. ''They just keep getting louder, louder and louder.

''When you think they can't go any more, they find that extra gear. I think that helps us find an extra gear on the ice."


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