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CP's report card look at Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final

Ottawa Senators

Goal: Ray Emery was not to blame for the loss, by far the best player on his team in stopping 29 of 32 shots. Grade: B-plus.

Defence: The shutdown pair of Anton Volchenkov and Chris Phillips was solid once again, especially on the penalty kill. The Wade Redden-Andrej Meszaros pairing struggled at times. Grade: B-minus.

Forwards: The top line of Jason Spezza between Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley had its worst game of the playoffs and generated very little. To boot they were on the ice for Anaheim's winning goal. There wasn't much support from Ottawa's other three lines, either. Grade: D.


Anaheim Ducks

Goal: J.S. Giguere wasn't as busy at his counterpart but came up with a big glove save on Alfredsson late in the game with Ottawa pressing with a sixth attacker. His cool under pressure shouldn't be surprising given his experience in the 2003 Stanley Cup final when he won the Conn Smythe Trophy. Grade: B.

Defence: Chris Pronger was a major force, throwing his body around and helping to snuff out the Spezza line. Scott Niedermayer was everywhere on the ice. Francois Beachemin was physical. Grade: B-plus.

Forwards: Rob Niedermayer's checking line with Samuel Pahlsson and Travis Moen was superb, not only shutting down the Spezza line in their much-anticipated matchup but scoring the winning goal. A perfect night for that line. Ryan Getzlaf was a force throughout on his line with Dustin Penner and Corey Perry. Aside from their goal, Andy McDonald's top line with Teemu Selanne and rookie Drew Miller was fairly quiet. Grade: B-plus.



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