Ducks Defy Senators, Stay Afloat

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    After falling behind 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim had every reason in the world to call it quits and get an early start on their summer vacation. Many HFNHL pundits had predicted the back-to-back President's Trophy winning Ottawa Senators to take care of the Ducks in short order, anyhow. No dishonor in just packing it in against a clearly superior opponent, right?

    Wrong. If nothing else, John Tortorella's squad has made a habit out of proving that they're a much scrappier bunch on the ice than they are on paper. In coming from behind to win Games 4 and 5, both in overtime, the Ducks have put the phenomenally talented Senators on their heels and have taken the series back to the Arrowhead Pond for Game 6.

    Game 4 saw the overtime winner come from Zigmund Palffy on a tremendous solo effort. Meanwhile, the tying and winning goals in Game 5 both came from the Ducks' third line, a unit which Tortorella has praised as his best throughout the season.

    With less than 5 minutes to go in the 3rd period, Mike Ricci stuffed home a Jeff Friesen rebound to knot the game at 2-2. Then, shortly into overtime, Sami Kapanen took a pass from Friesen at center ice, and proceeded to blow around Eric Brewer and roof the puck from in tight over Curtis Joseph's shoulder.

    The speedy little Finn's heroics have kept the Ducks alive to fight another day. Will another hero step up for the Ducks to force Game 7? Tune in tonight to find out.
     
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