This week's top 10 list charts the top 5 most important moments in both the Ducks' and Senators' run to this season's Stanley Cup finals. (And before you e-mailers start with the nitpicking, there is no preference to the order, OK?):
1. Ottawa: Captain comes through
Daniel Alfredsson scores the series-winning goal against Buffalo. Justice doesn't get more poetic than this.
3. Ottawa: Mike Fisher's one-man gang performance
Fisher scored a short-handed goal at 4:32 of the first period of Game 1 to give the Senators the first lead of the Eastern finals; he then drew two penalties in a nine-second span and Ottawa capitalized on the two-man advantage to go up 2-0. The Sabres never seemed the same after that.
4. Anaheim: No Pronger, no problem
With Chris Pronger suspended for Game 4, the Ducks get a goal from Ric Jackman (Pronger's replacement) and beat Detroit 5-3. A confidence-restoring win at a time when all appeared lost.
6. Anaheim: Wild loss benches Bryzgalov
The Ducks were on the verge of sweeping Minnesota in the opening round, but after Ilya Bryzgalov -- who had started all of Anaheim's games up to that point -- gave up three unanswered third-period goals in Game 4, there was a Game 5. Bryzgalov's .889 save percentage made it easy for Randy Carlyle to switch to Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who, in turn, made it easy on his teammates the rest of the way.
7. Ottawa: Curse? What curse?
Though they twice surrendered third-period leads to the Penguins in Game 2 (and lost home-ice advantage in the process), the Senators stormed back to win Game 3 thanks to Alfredsson's two second-period goals. This game, as much as any, proved these weren't your father's Sens.
8. Anaheim: Rob Niedermayer's barely-legal hit on Jannik Hansen
Niedermayer absolutely floored Hansen with a check early in the second overtime of Game 5, distracting Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo long enough to allow Scott Niedermayer to score the series-winner. Thanks, bro.
9. Ottawa: The big line comes up big
Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza combined for six points to help the Sens eliminate New Jersey in Game 5. Their quick disposals of the Pens and Devils had Ottawa rested and ready for the Sabres.
10. Anaheim: Very special teams answer Canucks' win
The Ducks were coming off a double-overtime loss to Vancouver in Game 2 and were out-shot 13-2 by the Canucks in the first period of Game 3. But they killed off seven of eight Vancouver power plays and converted on two of their five man advantages to push out a 3-2 win.
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