Series: Tied 1-1.
NYR Regular Season Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (41-35-76)
OTT Regular Season Leading Scorer: Jason Spezza (34-50-84)
NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (62 GS, 1.97 GAA, .931 SV%)
OTT Goaltender: Craig Anderson (60 GS, 2.83 GAA, .910 SV%)
Rangers Lines (looks like these are the official lines to start the game):
Chris Kreider-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Artem Anisimov- Ryan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp-John Mitchell-Derek Stepan
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman
Marc Staal-Stu Bickel
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start
Probable Scratches/Injuries: Mike Sauer (concussion), Mats Zuccarello (wrist), Carl Hagelin (suspension), Steve Eminger (healthy), Jeff Woywitka (healthy), John Scott (healthy)
Preview: For all their mistakes in Game One, the Senators made the Rangers pay in Game Two. Their goal was to get under their skin and play a tougher game, and it worked.
We learned that the Senators are willing to take it to the next level when needed, and that they can do it successfully. The scarier thing is that we learned that the Rangers can be beaten at their own game. This is now a very interesting series.
Much like with Game Two, the wild card here is the referees. The officiating in both games has been incredibly inconsistent, and both sides have seen their share of bad calls and non-calls. It’s a shame really, this had the potential to be a great series, but it’s marred by terrible officiating.
Crazy Thought: Dubi gets a hat trick and a Gordie Howe hat trick. Dude appears to be that fired up.
Crazier Thought: A powerplay goal. For the love of all that is holy…a powerplay goal.