CP’s report card look at Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final

Ottawa Senators

Goal: Ray Emery was rock solid during the second period. His stunning glove save on Francois Beauchemin kept the Senators close at a time when Anaheim looked to have taken control of the game. Can’t be faulted for any of the goals that got past him. Grade: B.

Defence: Anton Volchenkov looked silly on Anaheim’s second goal while Wade Redden’s neutral zone gamble led to the 2-on-1 that resulted in the winner. The Ottawa six need to be better against an opportunistic team like the Ducks. Grade: C-minus.

Forwards: Call off the search party – Dany Heatley has been found. The 50-goal man scored his first of the series to pull Ottawa into a tie in the second period. After an energetic first period, this group didn’t do nearly enough to generate scoring chances in a tight game. Grade: C-plus.

Anaheim Ducks

Goal: A good rebound performance for J.S. Giguere. He weathered the storm early, making seven saves in the first five minutes of the game. The Ducks goaltender appeared to be in control all evening long and didn’t blink when the Senators pressed for the tying goal late in the game. Grade: A-minus.

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Defence: Give this group credit because it held its own without suspended star Chris Pronger. Francois Beauchemin was a workhorse – he’d played more than 22 minutes through two periods. Unheralded rookie Kent Huskins was another bright spot while getting more playing time than he would have with Pronger in the lineup. Grade: B-plus.

Forwards: Andy McDonald is feasting on the Senators. He has four goals in the series and had three points in this game. Expect him to get some consideration for the Conn Smythe Trophy. Teemu Selanne also stood out in Game 4 and made a great play to get the puck to Dustin Penner on the winning goal. Grade: B-plus.