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Discussion: Rangers take a 2-1 series lead over Senators

Apr 16, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

OTTAWA, CANADA - APRIL 16: Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers body checks Sergei Gonchar #55 of the Ottawa Senators in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scotiabank Place on April 16, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images) Getty Images

There were no fighting majors and only one goal, but both teams played with a lot of intensity. After a weak showing in the first half of Game 1, the Ottawa Senators have managed to fight on equal ground with the first seed New York Rangers. It really has been evidence that you can’t count on any first round opponent to be easy in the post-lockout era.

Still, the Rangers managed to earn a 1-0 win in Ottawa and take a 2-1 series lead. Although regular season statistics should be taken with a grain of salt, it’s worth noting that the Senators were an unimpressive 20-17-4 at home this season. In fact, Ottawa actually had a better record on the road.

Let’s get the discussion started.

  • The Senators have been using tough guy Zenon Konopka in unusual situations during the playoffs. He averaged just nine seconds of power-play ice time per game in the regular season, but he got 1:03 minutes of ice time with the man advantage on Saturday and another 1:18 minutes Monday.
  • Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist posted his first playoff shutout since April 18, 2009.
  • There were plenty of Rangers and Senators players on both sides that were willing to sacrifice their bodies to block a shot. The Rangers’ Stu Bickel‘s blocked shot on Jim O’Brien‘s attempt early in the second period might have prevented what would have been a critical goal.
  • Brian Boyle has found the back of the net in each of the Rangers’ first three playoff games.
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  1. phillyphever - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Sens really missed Alfe tonight.

  2. biffnasty - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    King Henry won that game along with boilers mustache! And those stupid chants in canadian just confused the ottowa players

    • snoop0323 - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:33 AM

      they counted down the clock to the 11:00 mark of the third period and then started chanting something i think may have been in french. WTF?

  3. philk0731 - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Yeah, WTF were those retarded chants? Canadians are just dumb.

  4. chip56 - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    I think the Rangers are in the heads of the Ottawa players. They are spending far too much time trying to rough up and intimidate a Rangers team that doesn’t get intimidated. And no one has lifted their play more than Boyle. This series is his coming out party.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:55 PM

      Wow, no credit to a team that wasn’t even expected to make the playoffs? For a team comprised of mostly no namers to make it where they are is pretty amazing. It’s not like the Rangers are exactly blowing them out of the water either. Give them a year or two. Ottawa will be back up in the top 4 soon enough.

      • brian32556 - Apr 17, 2012 at 2:41 AM

        Hold on! I thought half the team made the All-Star game! Oh, that was just ballot box stuffing for the home team. So you admit they shouldn’t have been there.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:40 PM

        No, most of those players shouldn’t have been there except for Alfie, Spezza, Karlsson and Michalek, but the All-star game is a joke and you know it. Any other terrible arguments?

  5. lameasish - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Half the rangers are Canadian. I hope another plane crashes anywhere in America.

  6. biffnasty - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Lol silly canadians, always trying to escape the shadow of the bigger better classier United States. one day little sister, one day, maybe

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