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Ducks, Senators go for Stanley Cup

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson isn’t familiar with the play of Anaheim star Chris Pronger. Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf doesn’t really know anyone on the Senators.

The two teams have faced each other just once since 2003. They get to reacquaint themselves tonight, slamming into each other in the opener of the Stanley Cup finals.

"It’s a little bit weird to meet a team in the finals that you haven’t seen all season. It’s going to be a different experience come Monday," said Getzlaf, who turned 22 this month and is a member of the Ducks’ productive "Kid Line."

"They’re a strong skating team, they score a lot and they’re at the top of their game, same as we are. It should be fun. Anyone can make their predictions, but until you see the two teams clash, it’s really hard to say what’s going to happen."

The Senators are making their debut in the NHL championship. The Ducks lost Game 7 to New Jersey in 2003 in their only other appearance.

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"I haven’t seen them much, a period here and there (on TV) during the playoffs," Alfredsson said.

Anaheim’s Chris Kunitz scored the winner in a shootout when the Ducks beat the Senators on Jan. 19, 2006. That was the lone meeting between the teams since Oct. 17, 2003.

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