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Emery keeps his team alive, Sens and Ducks tied 0-0 after 40 minutes in Game 2

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Ottawa Senators defenseman Christoph Schubert, right, of Germany, checks Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin in the first period of Game 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup final hockey game Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Author: The Hockey News

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Emery keeps his team alive, Sens and Ducks tied 0-0 after 40 minutes in Game 2

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The Ottawa Senators goaltender turned aside a number of good chances by the Ducks Wednesday, keeping Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final tied 0-0 after two periods.

The second period started slowly following a hotly-contested opening 20 minutes, and neither Emery nor Ducks goalie J.S. Giguere were tested much in the first half of the period.

Anaheim poured it on in later in the second with a number of dangerous chances. Corey Perry had one of the best when streaked down the right wing and fired at the Ottawa goal. Emery gave up a big rebound on the shot, but the Ducks couldn't get another clean shot

Dean McAmmond had Ottawa's best chance when he found himself alone in front of Giguere after an Anaheim giveaway, but the Ducks goaltender made the save.

Anaheim came right back, but Perry was unable to flip the puck over a prone Emery. The Ducks followed with several good chances but Emery, looking confident in the Senators' goal, stopped them all.

The Ducks outshot the Senators 26-11 over the first two periods.

The second period featured plenty of hard checks, including a thundering clean hit by Anton Volchenkov on Ducks star Teemu Selanne.

Anaheim defenceman Francois Beauchemin nailed Mike Comrie in the face with an elbow, but there was no call despite Comrie's bloody nose.

Both teams picked up where they left off after a hard-fought opening game Anaheim win in Monday's opening game. The Ducks seemed to have more jump out of the gate, putting together a dangerous three-on-two rush 32 seconds in. The Ducks went on to dominate the first half of the period, outshooting the Senators 10-1 at one point.

Ottawa wanted to come out with a more physical presence after the Ducks outhit the Senators in Game 1. The Senators seemed to match Anaheim's physical play early on, but it almost backfired after Comrie and Volchenkov were called for boarding penalties. The Ducks had some good chances during the power plays, but Emery was outstanding on both.

After recording no shots on their first power play, the Senators shifted the momentum when they were awarded a lengthy 5-on-3. The Senators had five shots and several good opportunities during the two-man advantage, but they couldn't beat the desperate play of Giguere and his defencemen.

Ottawa is trying to avoid going back to Scotiabank Place down 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. Travis Moen led Anaheim to a 3-2 a win in Monday's series opener with his tiebreaking goal in the third period.

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Emery keeps his team alive, Sens and Ducks tied 0-0 after 40 minutes in Game 2