Senators Win 5-4 (SO) Over Rangers

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Where to start?  I’m not quite sure because this game was absolutely ridiculous. Let’s try it from the start.

It began with a fluky goal.  Late in the first, Filip Kuba’s shot from the point deflected off Ryan Callahan’s stick and then Chris Neil’s skate before going into the net, giving the Senators a 1-0 lead after a rather boring first period of play.

That all changed in the second.  At 4:05, Zenon Konopka was called for boarding on a hit against Artem Anisimov.  He would be given a 5 minute major and a game misconduct and the Rangers took advantage.  Both Ryan Callahan and Brad Richards capitalized on the questionable call and the Rangers had a 2-1 lead after 2 periods.

The Rangers kept coming in the third.  Off sloppy turnovers in the defensive zone by Ottawa’s defence, Marion Gaborik & Brad Richards finished off nice passes from behind the Senators’ net to give New York a 4-1 lead.  A Jason Spezza deflection would put the Sens within 2 but time was ticking away.

But, as has been the theme over the past couple of weeks, you can’t count out this young Senators’ team, and it took a catalyst to really get things started.  Unfortunately, this game’s catalyst for the Senators was an elbow to the head of their captain.  As Alfredsson was skating in the Rangers’ zone, he was hit unexpectedly in the head by Wojtek Wolski, knocking him to the ice.  Wolski would be given a 2 minute minor for illegal check to the head, while Alfredsson left the ice and did not return.

Comeback time.  First, the Sens would TAKE advantage of the MAN advantage as Jason Spezza notched his 2nd goal of the game, wiring one by Lundqvist to make it 4-3.  Then, at 17:10, Milan Michalek would wiff on a shot towards the goal, only to lift the stick of the Rangers defender, record yet another shot before getting a third that would squeak by Lundqvist and tie the game at 4. 

Overtime would solve nothing so it was on to the shootout, where it would come down to the opening shooters.  Erik Christensen started it off, trying to deke Craig Anderson, only to have the Senators goaltender sprawl across the crease and make a pad save.  Then, Milan Michalek would follow up his game-tying goal with the shootout winner as his deke to the backhand would be successful, roofing it on Lundqvist and giving the Senators their 5th straight win. 

Sens celebrate

Another incredible victory for the Senators as they once again demonstrate their “never say die” attitude.  Unfortunately, this one will be marred with the injury to Daniel Alfredsson and the mystery surrounding it.  We probably won’t get an update until tomorrow but Sens’ fans hope not to hear the word “concussion.”  

Paul MacLean (audio)

Paul MacLean, Jason Spezza, Milan Michalek & Zenon Konopka (video)


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