Rapid Reaction: Senators 3, Rangers 2 (OT)
April, 14, 2012
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com
Recap | Box score | Photos
What it means: Chris Neil's overtime goal at 1:17 gave the Senators a 3-2 win over the Rangers, splitting the series 1-1 as the teams head back to Ottawa for Games 3 and 4.
In a nasty and chaotic Game 2, Ottawa surged back with Nick Foligno's game-tying goal late in the third to shock the Garden crowd and set the stage for a Sens comeback. Ottawa prevailed in overtime even without captain Daniel Alfredsson, who left the game after a high hit from Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin in the second period and did not return.
Wild one: Senators defenseman Matt Carkner and Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky were ejected from the game less than three minutes into play after a wild melee erupted between the two teams.
Carkner went after Brian Boyle, delivering a barrage of blows while the 6-6 center was down on the ice, to earn a game misconduct. Although the Rangers came away from the attack with a five-minute power-play they lost Dubinsky in the trade. The gritty forward jumped in to help Boyle in the brawl but was assessed a match penalty for being the third man in a fight. Dubinsky was seething over the call and overturned a water cooler as he left the ice for the Rangers dressing room.
Target on Boyle: Clearly upset that Boyle roughed up Ottawa's top defenseman Erik Karlsson in Game 1, the Senators continued to target the big man as the game progressed. Challenged by Neil, Boyle dropped the gloves at 8:17 of the first.
Bounce-back: After being pummeled on the ice less than three minutes into play, Boyle packed a punch of his own with his second goal of the series to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead at 2:41 of the third.
Stralman scores: Blanked on the initial five-minute power-play, the Rangers tallied a man-up goal later in the first. Defenseman Anton Stralman unleashed a slap shot from the right circle that trickled past Craig Anderson for a 1-0 Rangers lead at 10:11.
Swede on Swede: The ugliness continued in the middle frame as Hagelin was slapped with a five-minute elbowing major following his high hit Alfredsson. Ottawa's Jared Cowen and Nick Foligno went after the Rangers rookie, while Alfredsson skated off to the Senators dressing room and did not return to the game.
Tie game: The Senators caught a break on the five-minute power-play that resulted from Hagelin's penalty. Karlsson threw the puck on net from the goal line and bounced in the tying goal off Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto's skate to knot the teams at 1 at 13:50 of the second.
Up next: Rangers at Senators, 7:30 p.m. Monday.