Ottawa 2, New York Rangers 3

Ottawa scored early in the game, but ran into penalty trouble and couldn’t recover.  It wasn’t a great game for the officials (Steve Kozari and Ottawa favourite Tim Peel), Craig Anderson, or the Sens first unit powerplay, and all will need to improve in game seven.  Silfverberg‘s debut was mixed, with good effort mixed in with turnovers.  Here’s the box score.

First Period
The Sens had good jump to start, but the main event early was Turris getting hurt blocking a shot.  Michalek had a chance in the slot, but couldn’t decide what to do with the puck and lost it.  Rangers took the first penalty and while the first unit couldn’t accomplish much, Neil scored on a deflection with the second unit.  Turris returned after the goal.  Silfverberg made a great defensive play on Dubinsky on a rush, but Carkner took a delay of game penalty on the play.  Prust took a run at Karlsson that went uncalled.  A couple of minutes later Neil and Prust fought.  Smith took a penalty late in the period, but the Sens did an excellent job killing it off.  Overall Ottawa dominated the first half of the period, while the Rangers dominated the second half.
Second Period
Rangers had some initial pressure, but the Sens quickly started to push back and swing the momentum.  Gonchar made a great play around the five minute mark that gave Michalek a scoring chance (he couldn’t beat Lundqvist five-hole).  Anderson made a great save on Richardson on the next shift.  Condra drew a penalty to put the Sens on the powerplay (Spezza had a great chance in the slot, but didn’t shoot).  Kuba made a great block on a Rangers 2-on-1 chance shorthanded and Michalek took a penalty before the penalty was over and the Rangers scored on the powerplay.  Silfverberg was called for a light shove on McDonagh to put the Rangers back on the powerplay.  The Sens killed the penalty and Alfredsson had a great chance right in front after it was over.  Kreider took a goaltender interference call, but the Rangers had the first good chance off a Spezza giveaway and the Sens wound up taking a penalty; Foligno took another right afterwards.  Anderson made a couple of decent saves on the 4-on-3, but then let in a soft goal to Richards on the 5-on-3.  Prust had a breakaway not long after and hit the post, but the Rangers scored moments later as Kreider put home a cross-ice feed.
Third Period
Turris drew an early penalty where Phillips hit the post and Turris had a great opportunity in close.  Turris took a slashing penalty afterwards, but Ottawa did a good job on the PK.  Anderson made a good save off Anisimov after a Konopka turnover and then stopped Callahan on a 2-on-1.  Gaborik took a penalty on a great shift by the Sens and Foligno had the best chance right at the end of the powerplay.  Silfverberg had a great chance with seven minutes to go, but his shot fluttered wide of the net.  Neil had a chance on the following play, but couldn’t get the puck through the crowd.  Del Zotto hit Neil in the head on the play, but there was no call.  Foligno had another chance in close on the next shift.  Spezza scored with the goalie pulled, his shot going through a huge crowd in front, but the Sens never got another chance on net following the goal.  Ottawa dominated most of the period.

Here’s a look at the goals:
1. Neil (Gonchar, Foligno) (pp)
Neil deflects Gonchar’s shot beating Lundqvist high
2. Rangers, Stepan (pp)
Deflects in a great cross-ice pass as Condra is late on the backcheck
3. Rangers, Richards (pp)
A 5-on-3 goal that Anderson should have had as the puck goes between his arm and his body
4. Rangers, Kreider
Spezza is lazy on the backcheck leaving Kreider wide open for a cross-ice feed
5. Spezza (Greening)
Fires the puck at a crowd in front and it somehow goes in (looked like Neil kicked it in, but he didn’t actually touch the puck)

Top-performers:
Filip Kuba – did yeomans work defensively
Chris Neil – scored the first goal and was a force in the game

Players Who Struggled:
Craig Anderson – he can’t let in bad goals in this series and he did

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1 Comment

  1. As usual the refs make sure Ottawa does not win. I am convinced that Betman is behind this kind of poor officating. He wants NY and LA in the playoffs because Canadians will watch any team, but not his American fans. This is too bad for hockey and me as a fan.


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