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Campbell's Cuts: Lies, damn lies and Alanis

OTTAWA- Chris Neil of the Ottawa Senators said the biggest difference between him and Chris Pronger is that he's not a back-stabber.

Neil, of course, prefers to do his damage head-on, even if it means taking 53 strides before hitting a player.

“I go hard between the whistles and stuff. I don't go out and stab a guy in the back like Pronger does,” Neil said with a straight face. “He'll slash you in the back of the legs after every whistle, grabbing you, that's what he does. If something happens, you take care of it. That's the way I play, that's the way I've always played. He's been suspended numerous amounts of games for different incidents. I haven't, so figure it out.”

As Neil talked, a halo mysteriously began appearing around the top of his headÂ…

The Senators have taken on that annoying and utterly ridiculous practice of not allowing anyone to step on the team logo in their dressing room, effectively rendering about 100 square feet of the room utterly useless.

(Inspired by this practice, I'm going to start taping pictures of my mother to the floor in my house and instruct people not to step on them.)

Here's an idea. If you don't want people stepping on your logo, don't put it on the floor. If it's to be treated with such respect, why is it on the floor in the first place?

“Because I guess there's no space on the ceiling,” said Senators defenseman Tom Preissing. “On my team in college (Colorado College), you couldn't step on the logo, but in San Jose you could, but I never did. It's just one of those things, I guess.”

The way the Senators played in the first two games of the final, it looked like the Ducks placed a Senators logo right in front of their netÂ…

Of the 14 games the Ducks have won in the playoffs, 11 of them have been by one goal. That leaves them just one short of the record for one-goal victories, set by the Montreal Canadiens in 1993.

And with the way this series has been dominated by the lesser lights, the Ducks have a good shot at the record. As usual, the final has become more about shutting down than creating, more about guys such as Sami Pahlsson and Dean McAmmond than Ryan Getzlaf and Jason SpezzaÂ…

The issue surrounding Alanis Morissette singing the national anthem tonight has become something of a cause célèbre around the nation's capital. This morning, an Ottawa radio station dug up tape of Morissette singing the U.S. anthem and doing a terrible job of it, then compared that to a performance by the Senators usual anthem singer, Lyndon Slewidge.

In its pre-game notes, the NHL says, “Since emerging on the music scene in 1995, Morissette has become one of the premier singer-songwriters in contemporary music.”

Obviously, the hipsters in the NHL's headquarters are completely ignoring Morissette's sterling pre-Jagged Little Pill career as a pop sensation.

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