Goal: This was not Ray Emery’s best night – Anaheim’s first three goals were all preventable. But the 24-year-old goaltender did have his moments, especially in the third period when he stopped Todd Marchant on a short-handed breakaway to keep Anaheim from tying the game. Grade: C-plus.
Defence: A look at Anton Volchenkov’s game is a perfect example of the mixed performance the blue-liners put in. He scored once – his third goal of the playoffs – but also accidentally knocked Emery’s stick out of his hands on Anaheim’s first goal and failed to stick with Corey Perry before he scored the Ducks’ second. Grade: B-minus.
Forwards: This group had its best game of the Stanley Cup final, although that’s not exactly saying much. Energy player Chris Neil was arguably the Sens best forward while Antoine Vermette, Mike Fisher and Dean McAmmond also stood out. Daniel Alfredsson scored a controversial goal with the help of the video goal judge, but more is still needed from him, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza. Grade: A-minus.
Goal: J.S. Giguere seemed to get a little rattled after seeing a lot more traffic and a lot more action. He allowed two goals in the first two games before being beaten five times in this one. The 2003 playoff MVP didn’t exactly have the bounces on his side – McAmmond’s goal went off Chris Pronger’s stick while Alfredsson’s went in off the Ottawa captain’s skate. Grade: C-minus.
Defence: Don’t be surprised if Pronger finds himself in hot water after knocking McAmmond out of the game in the third period with a forearm to the head. Anaheim’s defencemen saw a lot more of the Senators in this game and didn’t do enough to slow them down – legally, anyhow. Grade: C-plus.
Forwards: The three goals on the scoreboard really flatters the performance of this group. Anaheim found success in its two home wins by using a relentless forecheck and that was missing for too many stretches of this game. The notable bright spot was the line of Ryan Getzlaf, Dustin Penner and Corey Perry, which was a force. Grade: C.