2nd-seeded ’05-’06 Senators Complete Three-Peat; Defeat Top-seeded ’06-’07 Senators in Six Games in Qualifier Final

_______ Vermette's OT winner in Game 6 completes the three-peat for the '05-'06 Senators as they clinch another trip to the UNP. (via Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

Antoine Vermette’s OT winner in Game 6 completes the three-peat for the ’05-’06 Senators as they clinch another trip to the UNP. (via Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

Here is the 2016 Ottawa Senators Qualifying Tournament in its entirety.

The top-seeded ’06-’07 Ottawa Senators got an early jump on the 2nd-seeded ’05-’06 Ottawa Senators in this series with a DOMINANT 5-1 win. However, this time last year, int he 2015 qualifier final, the ’06-’07 Senators held 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 series leads over the ’05-’06 Senators, but fell. They would take a 2-1 series lead here, but dropped the next three games. The Pizza Line of Dany HeatleyJason SpezzaDaniel Alfredsson played a big role for both teams in this series, and in Game 1 they combined for nine points for the ’06-’07 Senators. The ’05-’06 Senators responded from the poor performance with a 4-2 win in Game 2. Spezza scored twice in the win while Alfie totaled three points. Goaltender Dominik Hasek stopped 31 of 33 shots against in the win. The ’05-’06 Senators then trailed by one in the final five minutes of Game 3, but a goal from defenseman Brian Pothier forced an overtime.

That didn’t last long, though, as Heatley scored the game-winner just nine seconds into OT for the ’06-’07 Senators as they took a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 was tied at three after two periods, but a goal each from Heatley and Antoine Vermette within the first six minutes of the third period would be all the ’05-’06 Senators would need as they held on for a 5-4 win to tie the series. In Game 5, the ’05-’06 Senators led 2-1 into the third period, but a PP marker halfway through the third tied the game for the ’06-’07 Senators. The game went to OT, and again, it didn’t last long. Tough guy Chris Neil won it for the ’05-’06 Senators just two and a half minutes into OT. Then, in Game 6, the ’05-’06 Senators needed overtime, again. They also needed a game-tying goal in the third period to force that OT, but Vermette won it and the series a little over a minute into OT to clinch the UNP trip for the ’05-’06 Senators. 

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’05-’06 Senators 0 1 0 1
’06-’07 Senators 3 1 1 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’06-’07 OTT – 5   ’05-’06 OTT –  1   (1-0   ’06-’07 OTT)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Dany Heatley (’06-’07 OTT) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   +4   11 S

2nd Star: C – Jason Spezza (’06-’07 OTT) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +4   5 S

3rd Star: RW – Daniel Alfredsson (’06-’07 OTT) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   6 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’05-’06 Senators 2 1 1 4
’06-’07 Senators 1 1 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’05-’06 OTT –  4   ’06-’07 OTT – 2   (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Daniel Alfredsson (’05-’06 OTT) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   7 S

2nd Star: C – Jason Spezza (’05-’06 OTT) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   5 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: G – Dominik Hasek (’05-’06 OTT) – W   2.00 GAA   .939 SV% (31 SV’s)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’06-’07 Senators 1 0 2 1 4
’05-’06 Senators 1 1 1 0 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’06-’07 OTT – 4   ’05-’06 OTT – 3   (OT)   (2-1   ’06-’07 OTT)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Dany Heatley (’06-’07 OTT) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   Even   10 S

2nd Star: G – Ray Emery (’06-’07 OTT) – W   3.00 GAA   .935 SV% (43 SV’s)

3rd Star: D – Chris Phillips (’06-’07 OTT) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +1   2 S   2 PIM

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’06-’07 Senators 2 1 1 4
’05-’06 Senators 3 0 2 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’05-’06 OTT – 5   ’06-’07 OTT – 4   (2-2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Dany Heatley (’06-’07 OTT) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   Even   10 S

2nd Star: G – Ray Emery (’06-’07 OTT) – W   3.00 GAA   .935 SV% (43 SV’s)

3rd Star: D – Chris Phillips (’06-’07 OTT) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +1   2 S   2 PIM

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’05-’06 Senators 2 0 0 1 3
’06-’07 Senators 1 0 1 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’05-’06 OTT –  3   ’06-’07 OTT – 2   (OT)   (3-2   ’05-’06 OTT)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Jason Spezza (’05-’06 OTT) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   1 S

2nd Star: RW – Daniel Alfredsson (’05-’06 OTT) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   9 S

3rd Star: G – Ray Emery (’05-’06 OTT) – OTL   3.00 GAA   .929 SV% (39 SV’s)

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’06-’07 Senators 2 1 0 0 3
’05-’06 Senators 2 0 1 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’05-’06 OTT – 4   ’06-’07 OTT – 3   (OT)   (4-2   ’05-’06 OTT)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Dany Heatley (’05-’06 OTT) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   5 S

2nd Star: LW – Peter Schaefer (’06-’07 OTT) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   1 S

3rd Star: C – Jason Spezza (’05-’06 OTT) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   8 S

Up next is the 2016 San Jose Sharks Qualifying Tournament!

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