The captain pronounced himself fit to play Game 6 against the New York Rangers on Monday after taking the morning skate at Scotiabank Place.
The New York Rangers know this going forward: If they can handle the Ottawa Senators in Games 6 and 7, they will have this pressure thing down. You will face better teams if you survive, but the pressure won’t be any greater.
It comes down to this. The top-seeded Rangers on the brink of elimination, needing two straight wins to keep their Stanley Cup hopes alive.
If you didn’t know the top-seeded New York Rangers were one loss away from elimination, the low-key practice before their biggest game of the season wouldn’t have given away the dire circumstances.
While Chris Neil isn’t deserving of a 25-game ban for his head-shot on Brian Boyle, it’s clear that he and his Senators teammates have targeted Boyle all series.
Senators pushed the top-seeded New York Rangers to the brink of elimination with a 2-0 victory Saturday
The Rangers somehow lose their aggressiveness when they are trying to protect the lead. The lack of an aggressive forecheck is the equivalent of the “prevent” defense in football and is the reason the series stands even.
The Ottawa Senators haven’t skated with the lead through four games of their playoff series against the Rangers, and yet the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference is all even heading into Game 5 on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
John Tortorella and the Rangers aren’t worried after losing Game 4 in overtime. They’ve been in situations like these before and persevered.
Thanks — or no thanks — to those pesky Senators, the top-seeded Rangers now find themselves battling in a best-of-three.
You could smell the overtime loss coming. All of the aggressiveness, all the momentum, all the energy shifted to Ottawa.
I think I speak for the entire morning show staff when I say we weren’t quite sure what kind of mood the Booms would be in Thursday.
Kyle Turris scored at 2:42 of overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night, tying the Eastern Conference series at two games apiece.
Ottawa likely will be without captain Daniel Alfredsson on Wednesday when it hosts the New York Rangers in Game 4 of their first-round series. Alfredsson didn’t practice Tuesday because of a concussion and his status is day to day.
Gone are the days when NHL players could adequately police themselves. The game I love has now given way to ugly, vigilante justice.