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NHL Finals Anaheim at Ottawa

June 04, 2007

2007 NHL Finals Game 4 Anaheim Ducks at Ottawa Senators (-200, 5) 8:00 ET

Teemu Selanne of the DucksThe Anaheim Ducks were looking to take a 3-0 lead in the Stanley Cup final on Saturday night. Instead, the Ottawa Senators emerged with a 5-3 home victory, and they'll now be looking to tie up the series with another home win in Game 4 on Monday.

Ottawa had been listed as a -180 favorite in Game 3 at Scotiabank Place on Saturday night, despite their two straight losses in Anaheim to open the best-of-seven set. However, it was the Ducks who opened the scoring; Andy McDonald picked up a power-play marker just five minutes into the first period to stake his team to a 1-0 lead.

The Sens managed to tie the game before the first period came to an end, with Chris Neil scoring his second goal of the playoffs. Corey Perry gave the Ducks the lead again five minutes into the second period, but Mike Fisher knotted the score at 2-2 just 30 seconds later. The see-saw battle continued with Ryan Getzlaf scoring his seventh for the Ducks at 7:38 of the second, and Daniel Alfredsson replying for Ottawa at 16:14.

Ottawa, though, finally got a lead when Dean McAmmond scored with just over a minute left in the second period. Anaheim then only managed to direct three shots at Sens goalie Ray Emery in the third, and he stopped them all for the victory. Anton Volchenkov had an insurance marker at 8:22 of third, and he was the night's First Star.

Emery stopped 19-of-22 shots for the Senators in the win, while Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 24 saves off 29 shots for the Ducks. Neil earned Second Star honors, and Getzlaf (who had a goal and an assist) was the Third Star for Anaheim in the loss. Ottawa's big line of Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, and Dany Heatley was held to just one point in the victory (Alfredsson's goal), as they continue to have problems in this series.

The home team is now 3-0 in the Stanley Cup final; the Ducks came away with 3-2 and 1-0 victories in the first two games of the series out in California. The Senators will be hoping that trend continues for Game 4 on Monday night at Scotiabank Place. Here is how the rest of the schedule for this series looks (with all games starting at 8pm ET) . . .

Game 4 - Monday, June 4 - Anaheim at Ottawa
Game 5 - Wednesday, June 6 - Ottawa at Anaheim
Game 6 - Saturday, June 9 - Anaheim at Ottawa (if necessary)
Game 7 - Monday, June 11 - Ottawa at Anaheim (if necessary)

The Ducks saw Chris Kunitz return to the ice on Saturday night, after the forward had missed the previous seven games with a broken finger. Kunitz, though, played just over four minutes on the night (with no shots on goal and a -1 rating), and he didn't play after the second period after suffering a lower-body injury. His status for Game 4 is now up in the air.

Of more concern for Anaheim, though, is the suspension the league handed down to Chris Pronger on Sunday afternoon. The star defenseman will miss Game 4 after knocking Sens forward McAmmond out of action with a blow to the head in the third period on Saturday. Pronger, who didn't receive a penalty on the play, also served a one-game ban during the Western Conference final for an ugly head shot on Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom. McAmmond is doubtful to suit up for Ottawa Monday night.

Watch for the Senators to be listed as favorites again for Game 4. Saturday's game was an OVER result for bettors - the posted total of 5 goals was easily surpassed by the two teams. Check your favorite books for the latest lines and totals for the Stanley Cup final.

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