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Stanley On His Way Back to Canada

There's no longer any doubt, in my mind at least, that Ottawa is the NHL's best team.

I felt that way six weeks ago when I wrote that the Sens would win the Cup in six games over Detroit. And I feel even stronger about that prediction after watching last night's 1-0 victory over Sabres, which gave them a commanding three games to none lead in the Eastern Conference final. The Sens may not have quite as much speed or skill as Buffalo, but they've definitely got more grit. And grit wins 1-0 playoff games.

Here's what you need to know, from the AP gamer:

[Ottawa goalie] Ray Emery needed only 15 saves while his defence blocked another 13 as the Senators posted a 1-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night.

And ...

Buffalo was 0-for-6 with the man advantage and is without a goal in 18 opportunities in the series.

As well as ...

The Senators, considered post-season underachievers in recent seasons by some, are vying to reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time since the franchise was revived in 1992. A Canadian-based team has not won the Cup since the 1993 Montreal Canadiens.

That's about to change.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 15, 2007; 7:04 AM ET
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