Game 2: Senators Win 3-2 (OT) Over Rangers

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Shortly before the game, a number of lineup changes were announced by the Senators.  Matt Carkner was in for Matt Gilroy, while Zenon Konopka took the place of Kaspars Daugavins.  Then, the opening lineup was released and consisted of  Carkner, Cowen, Smith, Konopka & Neil.  Of course, after the drop of the puck, the front three immediately skated to the bench for the Spezza line, so it seemed to be a bit of a psyche job by Paul MacLean.

Or was it? Because at 2:15 of the first, all hell broke loose.  In an effort to get even for Brian Boyle punching Erik Karlsson repeatedly in the face in Game 1, Matt Carkner seeked out Boyle, found him and delivered a pounding.  A scrum ensued and when all was said and done, Carkner received 2 for instigating, 5 for fighting and a game misconduct (Brandon Dubinsky received 2 for roughing & a game misconduct as well).  Just over 6 minutes later, Chris Neil & Boyle dropped the gloves and it looked as though the Senators weren’t going to allow the Rangers forward to forget his actions on Thursday night.

While the Senators were able to kill off the 5 minute power-play, they couldn’t stop the Rangers from taking the lead.  After a tripping call on Sergei Gonchar, Anton Stralman’s point shot deflected off Chris Phillips’ shin pad and snuck by Craig Anderson to make it 1-0.  Some ridiculous saves by both Lundqvist (on a Nick Foligno breakaway) and Anderson (Callahan alone in front) kept the score the same heading into the second.

The second frame saw more physical interactions.  But this time it was the Senators who were at the wrong end of the stick as the captain Daniel Alfredsson took an elbow to the head from Carl Hagelin.  Hagelin was given 5 minutes and a game misconduct, while No. 11 went to the locker room.  The only way it could be seen in a positive fashion would be if Ottawa scored on the power-play and that’s exactly what they did.  Erik Karlsson’s attempted pass across the crease deflected off Michael Del Zotto’s skate and past Lundqvist to tie the game at 1.   

However, it didn’t take long for the Rangers to regain the lead.  Just 2:41 into the final frame, Brian Boyle took a pass from Ruslan Fedotenko and snapped it by Anderson to make it 2-1.  That, along with the news that Daniel Alfredsson would not be returning, could’ve sent the Senators into a downward spiral.  But it didn’t and on an odd man rush, Nick Foligno snapped a rebound over a sprawled out Henrik Lundqvist and the game was tied at 2.  We were going to overtime.

And it was the Senators who kept the momentum going.  Just 1:17 in, Jared Cowen’s inital point shot hit Ryan McDonagh in a “not-so-nice” place and laid in the midst of a scramble in front.  Chris Neil was able to find it and backhanded it past Lundqvist for the 3-2 overtime victory.  It was the fastest overtime goal in franchise history and sends both the Rangers and Senators to Ottawa tied at one game a piece.

Neil, Anderson, Foligno & MacLean (video)


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