Ottawa 5, New York Rangers 4 (SO)

The Senators enjoyed yet another third period come back (overcoming a three goal deficit) to get two points out of New York.  The game was marred by two incidents: the first was Zenon Konopka‘s boarding call on Artem Anisimov.  I thought Konopka caught Anisimov on the right hip, not the back, but the CBC’s replay was so terrible you couldn’t really tell.  The penalty call changed the momentum and helped the Rangers earn a point.  The more gruesome play was Wojtek Wolski elbowing Daniel Alfredsson in the head.  The replay showed a deliberate blow to the head long after Alfredsson had passed the puck.  Whether it will warrant a suspension or not is anybody’s guess.  For the box score go here link.  Here’s a look at the goals:
1. Neil (Kuba, Karlsson)
I don’t think Neil actually tipped this in, but a simple shot from the point finds its way to the back of the net
2. Rangers, Callahan (pp)
Picks up a rebound and fires it home; it was Cowen‘s side of the rink, but I don’t blame him for the goal
3. Rangers, Richards (pp)
Karlsson turns it over and Anderson flubs the save
4. Rangers, Gaborik
Cowen turns it over and no one takes the man in front as the Rangers make a quick pass for the one-timer
5. Rangers, Richards
Kuba turns it over and the Rangers again score quickly on a one-timer
6. Spezza (Kuba, Michalek)
A great tip on the point shot by Kuba
7. Spezza (Gonchar, Karlsson) (pp)
A terrific shot through a Greening screen
8. Michalek (Greening, Kuba)
The Rangers gave Michalek three shots on the play in close
9. Michalek scored the only goal

Players who excelled:
Milan Michalek – played another strong game with both the tying and winning goals
Filip Kuba – despite the turnover leading to a goal he had three assists and was the key cog in the team’s offence

Playes who struggled: I don’t think any particular player was bad, although both Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson were guilty of a lot of turnovers.

A final note, David Rundblad was rewarded with a ton of ice time tonight as compared to Jared Cowen (20:45 versus 13:38).


  1. Neil’s tip was off the tip of his skate that changed the direction enough to beat Lundqvist. CBC (or maybe it was the Rags broadcast) had a slow-mo replay that showed it.

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