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CP's report card look at Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final

Ottawa Senators

Goal: Ray Emery can't score goals. He kept his team alive with some big saves and was screened by his own defenceman, Joe Corvo, on the winner. Grade: B-plus.

Defence: Some of Ottawa's blue-liners seemed to be looking over their shoulder at the physical Anaheim forecheck, which made them tentative at times in retrieving the puck in their own zone. The shutdown pair of Anton Volchenkov and Chris Phillips, however, were a force. Grade: B-minus.

Forwards: Stars forwards Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley were once again invisible. And where was the supporting cast? Pretty sad when Dean McAmmond's fourth line was the best of the bunch. Grade: F.


Anaheim Ducks

Goal: J.S. Giguere didn't see much rubber for a second straight game but he was dynamite during a 5-on-3 Ottawa advantage in the first period. Grade: B.

Defence: Francois Beachemin really stood out on this night, effective at both ends of the ice and big-time physical. The general Scott Niedermayer spear-headed the transition game, Chris Pronger delivered the punishment and the group as a whole shut down Ottawa's attack. Grade: B-plus.

Forwards: Samuel Pahlsson's checking line with Rob Niedermayer and Travis Moen not only shuts down Spezza and Heatley for a second time, but yet again scores the third-period winner. They're owning this series after two games. Ryan Getzlaf had dangerous moments, Corey Perry was a thorn in Ottawa's side and Teemu Selanne was a force. Grade: A.



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