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Moose Droppings: Thanks to the Ducks, a turkey

For the first time in nearly a decade, the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals have been decided by one goal. Does this mean that the series so far has been a nail biting, edge-of-your-seat thriller?

Ummmm, not exactly.

Game 1 certainly gave us reason to hope, as Anaheim and Ottawa traded chances, scored reasonably often and gave the impression that this series might go a long way, and be pretty entertaining to boot.

Game 2, on the other hand, was like listening to chess on the radio.

As if they didn't endure enough traffic just getting to the first two games (Anaheim fans deserve to have their team win just for having to endure 5 p.m. local starts and the freeway headaches that go with them) they then got to watch their team turn the ice surface into their own private gridlock.

As frustrated as Ottawa fans were watching the Ducks look like the 1995 New Jersey Devils in nicer uniforms, they had to be equally bewildered watching their Senators fall right into Anaheim's trap.

Rush after rush turned into turnover after turnover for Ottawa, until finally in the third period when the Sens turned it over once more at the offensive blue line, and Anaheim uber checker Sammy Pahlsson beat Ray Emery for the game's only goal.

The Ducks checking trio of Pahlsson, Travis Moen and Rob Niedermayer has now scored the winning goal in each of the first two games of the series, all the while holding Ottawa's top offensive trio of Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza to a total of 11 shots and no goals in the first two games.

It's the hockey equivalent of having your guard dog not only keep you safe, but break into a criminal's house and take their wallet.

Now the scene moves to Ottawa, where the traffic -- to the games and on the ice -- is likely to be just as bad. The Sens will get the last change, but don't expect the Ducks to be intimidated. They have won their last two road games in these playoffs in overtime. In Detroit.

And in case you're wondering, that last finals series to feature two one-goal games to start? It was between the Capitals and Red Wings in 1998.

Detroit swept Washington.

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