Sens Even Series|
By Kevin Forrester Apr 14, 2004
The Ottawa Senators knew they would eventually score on Ed Belfour.|
But it wasn't until 19:24 of the first period in game four of their Eastern conference playoff tilt that they solved "Eddie The Eagle" after consecutive 2-0 defeats.
The series is now tied at two games apiece after Ottawa's opening game win 4-2.
Daniel Alferdsson not only predicted they would score on Belfour, but he put
his money where his mouth is by taking a nifty Martin Havlat pass from
behind the Leaf's net to open the scoring for the Sens.
Unlike the past two games when the Belfour and the Leafs held the Sens off
the scoresheet, the Sens seemed to know that the "monkey was off their
backs" and their persisitence paid off as they scored three more times to
win 4-1 at the Corel Centre.
The Leafs who were without their best player in the series thus far, Joe
Niewendyk with an ailing back, looked tired and and played with little
The Leafs never seemed to be in this game from the outset as the Sens' strong forechecking continued to wreak havoc on the Leafs defence and wingers along the boards in their zone.
It was same old story as the previous three games as the Sens took control
from the first faceoff but this time, Belfour was unable to keep the highest
scoring team in the regular season off the scoresheet.
The slower Ron Francis took Niewendyk's spot between Nik Antropov and Alex
Ponikorovsky and it was evident that these three were not on the same page
Robert Reichel was ineffective against the speed of the Sens' forwards and he, like Thomas Kaberle and Calle Johansson virtually disappeared once the Sens began to take the body.
Pat Quinn and the Leafs have to find a way to win the one on one battles and
neutralize the Sens' forecheck if they hope to keep home ice advantage.
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