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Ottawa Senators
1902-03Mar

Following their victory over Winnipeg, the Montreal AAA would win their next two league match-ups before losing their final two games of the season to the Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Victorias. The losses placed the 'AAA' in third place and put both the CAHL and Stanley Cup championships up for grabs between Ottawa and the Shamrocks in a two-game total goals series, as both finished with identical 6-2 records. Game one was played in Montreal on very soft ice and was a close match throughout, ending in a one-all tie. The second game moved to Ottawa and played on even worse ice conditions. The Senators dominated from start to finish, led by three goals from Frank McGee and captured the first Stanley Cup title for the Nation's capital with a convincing 8-0 victory. Ice conditions aside, the Senators accepted a challenge from the Rat Portage Thistles, who would play with only one man over the age of 20. The Thistles proved to be no match for the Senators, losing game one by a 6-2 score. Occasionally during the game, pucks had to be replaced that fell through holes in the ice. Although a much better game, Ottawa was simply too good and defended the Cup with a 4-2 victory.



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