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Stanley Cup run a 'phenomenal experience' for Sens duo

Tuesday, 06.19.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / Features
By Todd Anderson
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Stanley Cup run a \'phenomenal experience\' for Sens duo
Dean Brown, left, and Gord Wilson won't soon forget the experience of working the club's first Stanley Cup final this year.

by Todd Anderson

After watching 1,217 Ottawa Senators games over 14 seasons, Dean Brown and Gord Wilson won't soon forget the experience of working the club's first Stanley Cup final this year.

Brown, who calls the play-by-play action for Senators broadcasts on Team 1200 Sports Radio and also on television for A-Channel, was impressed how Hockey Country supported the team during its run.

"I think, obviously, it's the best season in the history of this franchise and I just don't get the sense, now that this one is over, that people thought there was much left on the table," Brown says. "Everyone wanted them to win, but there was so much mashing of teeth and ringing of hands after so many seasons ended, this one has a totally different feeling about it.

"When you land and 5,000 people are at the airport, it's heart-warming. (Sens head coach) Bryan Murray was at a restaurant (during the playoffs) and when he got up to leave, everybody in the restaurant gave him a standing ovation. I think with the way this season ended, even though it didn't finish with victory, it really changed the way this community looks at this team. It has a different perspective of this team now. It's really good for everybody."

Wilson, the colour analyst for Sens games on Team 1200, enjoyed being a part of the club's first experience in the Stanley Cup final.

"When you go this far you can't help but be excited through the whole thing. I think it hit me five minutes before Game 1 of the final, that it was final," Wilson says. "In other words, it's down to the final two teams. One team was going to experience the high of highs, and the other one was not. Unfortunately, this team took the second route, but it's a journey you wouldn't change for the world. It was an absolutely phenomenal experience; one that I will never forget."

Brown says there was something different about this year's edition of the team.

"After 15 years, this season was a long run," Brown says. "I remember the first year when they won 10 games. To me, that was just like yesterday. The kind of strides they've made in 15 years is remarkable.

"The biggest thing that was different was in the past this team had been really weighted by expectations. This year it seemed like they just got used to that. It seemed like they were used to wearing that jacket and they just played. They seemed to address the expectations and the pressure better than they ever have before."

Wilson says he's also impressed how well the club responded to the adversity of a slow start to the regular season.

"All of the sudden by about Christmas it started to turn around. You could see it through the players more than anything. The players did take it among themselves to say it is time to turn it around and, as a result, they become one of the hottest teams in the second half of the season."




1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
3 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
4 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
5 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
6 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48


E. Karlsson 75 20 41 7 61
K. Turris 75 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 73 19 34 13 53
B. Ryan 71 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 72 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 73 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 55 13 14 -11 27
D. Legwand 73 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 69 11 15 -4 26
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49