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Discuss: Rangers force a Game 7 vs Senators

Apr 23, 2012, 9:52 PM EDT

OTTAWA, CANADA - APRIL 23: Chris Neil #25 of the Ottawa Senators walks down the players' tunnel during player introductions prior to playing against the New York Rangers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Place on April 23, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

This might seem like an odd thing to say considering the Ottawa Senators got a late goal to bring the game within one, but the thing I’m going to take away from this game is Ottawa’s relatively anemic play in the final 10 minutes of the third period. Down by 2 with a chance to avoid a Game 7 if they could turn things around, the Senators never seemed to manage any sort of sustained pressure on New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist. That to me is why Jason Spezza‘s final goal proved to be moot and the Rangers won 3-2.

Here’s a few notes:

  • The Senators probably aren’t entirely happy about the officiating tonight, but of course they can’t simply hide behind that as the reason for their loss.
  • What a great game for Derek Stepan. After going pointless in his first 10 career NHL playoff games, Stepan had a goal and three points tonight.
  • While we’re on the subject of young Rangers rising to the occasion, Chris Kreider – who has never played in an AHL or NHL regular season game – netted his first goal of the playoffs and it proved to be the game-winner.
  • Even though Daniel Alfredsson is playing a mere week and a half after sustaining a concussion, he still logged an impressive 18:21 minutes of ice time. Assuming he feels good after this contest, he’ll probably end up with over 20 minutes in Game 7.
  1. biffnasty - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Silly canadians. Loved hearing the *henrik sucks* chant when the rangers won. That’s almost as good as the alfie chant. After Thursday’s game we won’t have to hear any more silly canadian chants that make no sense

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      No need to judge us based on what hillbillies from the Ottawa Valley do.

    • nobandwagoners - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:35 AM

      Seriously? How can Henrik suck? Shows the depth of (or lack thereof) intelligence and appreciation for hockey out in certain parts.

  2. travishenryskid - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    That interference call on Foligno that set up the Rangers second goal was beyond questionable. Neutral fan, hated that call.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      It wasn’t great, the guys on CBC said it was more of a reputation call than anything.

  3. jkay1818 - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    excuse me? ottawa cant be happy with the officiating? i think it went both ways. That penalty on Rupp that led to the first goal of the game was an absolute travesty. A roughing? There were some warranted calls both ways and some cheap calls. The fact you even mentioned the officiating is jaw dropping, you do realize they called a goal late in the game when chris neil put on his best Pele impression. How that was called a goal is a complete joke.
    game 7 should be interesting, it would be a major feat if ott can beat the rangers 3 times at the garden. The whole anderson outplaying lundqvist was a little preemptive too. Even before this game he still had better #s than anderson in the series.

    • bdfools - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      Absolutely. The officiating was horrible both ways in this game. Just let them play ffs. There were even several calls away from the puck that had no impact whatsoever on the play. Come on refs, this is playoff hockey. Don’t decide the game with the whistle.

  4. mianfr - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    I’m waiting for the league correction on that last Senators goal. If that isn’t a distinct kicking motion, nothing is.

    Just wish game seven were earlier… Thursday is pretty far away.

  5. anthonykornheiser - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    hagelin was top three players on the ice tonight, i highly doubt this series would even be going on if he wasnt suspended.
    dont you mean the Rangers can’t be happy with the officiating? ottawa’s true lone goal came via the ref and that rupp call and the last goal that was kicked in was bizarre. dont know how that was a goal. that gaborik hook midway through the third wasnt a hook either. the officiating stunk on both ends but that kick in goal could have been costly.

  6. brian32556 - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Watch the league try to suspend Lundqvist for saying someone in Toronto must’ve wanted to keep a Canadian team in there with that BS call. If they can’t scam ’em on the ice, they’ll find some way to take him off. TELL IT LIKE IT IS KING HENRIK!!!

  7. jondan9193 - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Your kidding right? Like ranger fans don’t chant oppenents names.
    Rangers without Lundquist are an average team at best. In my opinion the Senators have the edge in series play. Thats pretty poor for a number 1 ranked team against a number 8 seed.
    Lundquist has a lot of nerve to complain about the goal at the end especially when the refs made a terrible goalie interference call on foiligno in the second which caused a 5 on 3. That caused the go ahead call.
    Ranger fan – consider yourself lucky to be at 3 to 3

  8. crusty14 - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Neither a ranger or sens fan, but I really don’t think he kicked that in. He tried to kick it, but missed. Im pretty sure it was lundquist who knocked it in himself . I don’t know about the American broadcast, but on the Canadian broadcast (CBC) they showed several replays , and they all showed him attempting to kick it, but missing!

    • bdfools - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      The puck picked up speed when his foot went over it. Lundqvist’s glove hadn’t come down yet. He didn’t hit it as well as he wanted, but he definitely grazed it enough to give it just a little extra to elude the glove and cross the goal line.

  9. cruuuzcontrol - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    If I hear any Ottawa fan complain about the officiating, I’ll gladly break out some video tape from this series and show them that they’re not the only victims. Plus, the officials gave them a gift with that last goal. Neil pushed Lindqvist out of the crease and away from the puck with the blade of his stick. I suppose there wasn’t conclusive enough evidence on that one.

  10. mojosmagic - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Flyers fan here and it should be the Rangers upset with the officials. The Sens got most of the calls including a goal that shouldn’t have counted.

  11. jondan9193 - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    If you feel the foligno interference call was fair (which caused a 5 on 3 and gave the rangers the go ahead goal)then don’t complain about not calling an interference call at the end.

  12. gaborik104life - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Henrik summarized the officiating tonight best by yelling “you fu**n suck” to the ref at the end of the game. Foligno’s interference call was made because he kept getting a little to close not because it was an actual penalty. Good for Torts for not playing Rupp that much seems poor guy can’t even play the game anymore without getting called for hitting. Kreider played awesome tonight and not even for his goal his play was at a level not seen in the previous games. Anthony said it best with Hags guy flies and makes that top line go.
    Can’t wait till Thursday and for the nhl to give an explanation of the second goal for Ott.

  13. drez146 - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Interference call on phoenix was crap, officiating overall in playoffs has been brutal, starts at the top with shanny and We all know his inconsistencies this postseason

  14. jondan9193 - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    When you look at the replay several times you cannot say without a doubt that neil kicked it in. If you look closley Lundquist’s paddle does graze the top of the puck.That motion along with Neil being pushed into the goal was how the puck went in.

  15. alexb64 - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    I dismiss any ref complaining that suggest a bias. There’s no bias at all, honestly I’d rather have it be that because at least a bias would be consistent. There’s absolutely no consistency. I have no dog in this race here, but this game especially was like 8 games in one. Tight, loose, tight, loose, tight, loose, missed cheapshot, ticky tacky roughing call, rightfully called dangerous hit. Every series. That joke that happened a week ago in Philly, that was almost entirely the refs doing because they didn’t control the game when they had a chance. Then Shanahan’s “Wheel….of…..JUSTICE!” just compounds things worse. I can’t believe any competent commissioner could watch their product on its biggest stage be represented like this & be okay with it. I guess I answered my own question there though.

  16. nynewsblob - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Just wait til Del Zotto gets 10 games for his “elbow” on Neil. Quit your whining pumpkin head.

  17. howardforvezina - Apr 23, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    The mustache will let you survive………..for now.

  18. dsilvestro93 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    I laugh reading some of your guys post. I guarantee most of you Ranger fans are just like all other New York fans. You only give support for your team when your winning. You guys are fair whether fans at its finest. Not from ottawa by any stretch of the means but the rangers literally have ONE player and thats Henrik. If it wasn’t for his stellar play ALL season you could have found your self around seed 7 or 8. The Rangers do have good talent, but they haven’t played up to it’s potential. It honestly will be ashame if Ottawa doesnt win because out of the first 5 games New York only out played them in game one. And to people that think that they want the cup to go to canada is just and ignorant response and same goes with Henrik’s comments at the end of the game. Most of you fans are upset that this series is even close, so quite complaining.

    • anthonykornheiser - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:16 AM

      Dsilvestro, your grammar and spelling is worse than the officiating. What are you even talking about above me?

      • dsilvestro93 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:49 AM

        It’s guys like you the make me laugh. Your probably just started watching hockey this year. keep the up the good work!

      • dsilvestro93 - Apr 24, 2012 at 8:50 AM

        It’s guys like you the make me laugh. Your probably just started watching hockey this year. keep up the good work!

      • jkay1818 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:02 AM

        we all heard you the first time. Yes, i just started watching hockey this year, as you can see by my numerous comments on this site and others who read my posts i just started watching. In fact i only tuned into the rangers this April because I heard they were good this season. I know so little that if you check my prior posts in regards to the NYR playing the caps in round 1 the writer of that article actually had to amend it and mentioned me after he edited the article. Thats how little i know. I actually found out last night that you can actually kick the puck in the goal and it actually counts. Ive only been watching for a few weeks but always thought they had to use that thing they shoot with.
        Your probably just started watching…..again, what are you saying, dummy.

      • jkay1818 - Apr 24, 2012 at 10:04 AM

        Also, is your life that boring that you keep laughing at these posts? You get entertained very easily. That’s twice you mentioned you laughed, well 3 times if you count your duplicate post. It really isn’t that funny.

  19. 8man - Apr 24, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    Rangers are the better team and they showed it last night. Doesn’t mean the Sens can’t win, but I’m not betting on them.

  20. sens101 - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Sens lost, because they played like crap. Officiating just made it worse, but bad calls went both ways. When it comes down to it, the rangers are nothing without Lundqvist and even if they do make it past the sens, they wont go far unless they can start to consistently put the puck in the net, to which they have not yet demonstrated against a team that usually allows a lot of goals. We sens fans know Henrik doesn’t suck, he’s the sole reason why your team is relevan, which is why we try to get on him when we have a chance. Hopefully, the refs dont have a hand in deciding game 7 no matter which way it goes.

    • t111920 - Apr 24, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      Last time I checked the goalie is a part of the team so yea rangers are pretty good freekin team. They made a choice to build a team around an all-world goalie. Give them credit instead of crying about it.

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