A-Train a shooting star

DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

In Russian, the word is brosok, but Anton Volchenkov has proven he fully understands its English meaning.

More than anyone else, the Senators' most defensive defenceman carried out Bryan Murray's orders to shoot more in the Stanley Cup final.

Volchenkov, who had 85 shots on goal all season and just 12 in the playoffs heading into Game 3, led Ottawa with five in Saturday night's bullet-dodging, 5-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

One of them beat J.S. Giguere to give the Senators some breathing room with the lone goal of the third period.

Another Volchenkov shot -- a blast from the point -- was deflected by Mike Fisher for a goal that tied the game 2-2 early in the second.

The goal and assist was an offensive explosion for Volchenkov, the NHL's best shot-blocker.

In the regular season, he collected a goal and 18 assists and added a goal and three helpers in 17 previous playoff games.

"Bryan wanted more shots," Volchenkov said yesterday. "I just had good chances.

"When I have a good chance, I shoot the puck. (Saturday) I had a good chance five times."

Volchenkov, who has made Senators' fans forget about Zdeno Chara, played a team-high 26:22 in Game 3. He blocked two shots to increase his playoff-leading total to 77, which is 23 more than the next highest total (Chris Phillips) and more than doubles the 36 blocks of the Ducks' leader, Scott Niedermayer.

"The Russian Ulf Samuelsson," is what TSN's Pierre McGuire called Volchenkov yesterday. "Only Anton can score."

He could Saturday, anyway, and he did so by simply following the coach's orders to brosok.


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