Rapid Reaction: Senators 2, Rangers 0

April, 21, 2012
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What it means: The odds are now against the Rangers, who suffered a pivotal 2-0 loss at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. Only six teams in the post-lockout era have rebounded to win a series after dropping Game 5.

Ottawa's Craig Anderson was incredible in earning his fourth shutout of the season. En route to his 41-save effort, Anderson blanked the Blueshirts on a turning-point power-play late in the third.

Jason Spezza tallied both goals for Ottawa, including an empty-netter with less than a minute left in regulation. With the Senators now leading the series 3-2, the Rangers head back to Ottawa facing what would be a shattering elimination and stunning upset.

They will have to do so without their series MVP Brian Boyle. The gritty center suffered a concussion from a third-period hit by Ottawa's Chris Neil that will likely be reviewed by NHL's Department of Player Safety.

Rare lead: The played with their first lead of the entire series after Spezza's first-period marker at 9:18. The Senators have trailed the Rangers in regulation in all four of the previous games but rallied twice to beat New York in overtime.

Big jump: Making his NHL debut just weeks after finishing his junior season in the Western Hockey League, Mark Stone didn't seem fazed by being thrown into the fire. The 19-year-old prospect, who finished with 41 goals and 81 assists in 66 games for the Brandon Wheat Kings this season, set up Spezza's first goal of the 2012 playoffs. Stone replaced an injured Jesse Winchester in the lineup.

Tough crowd: The sellout audience at Madison Square Garden ushered the team off the ice with boos after a forgettable first period. The Rangers fell behind 1-0, but elicited the crowd's disgust after their third failed power-play opportunity.

Acting as captain: Taking exception to Colin Greening's hit on Marian Gaborik late in the second period, captain Ryan Callahan went after the Senators forward, drawing a roughing penalty at 17:23. The Rangers bailed out Callahan for his minor with a momentum-mounting penalty-killing effort to close out the period.

Down a man: Despite the emphasis on discipline-- a penalty-riddled Game 4 sapped the team's energy en route to a 3-2 OT loss in Ottawa -- the team spent six minutes of the second period down a man. Before Callahan's roughing minor, the Rangers were forced to kill off penalties to Ruslan Fedotenko (high-sticking) and Mike Rupp (charging).

Paging Shanahan: The league will likely review Chris Neil's third-period hit on center Brian Boyle that left the Rangers center slow to get up. Boyle played one shift on the penalty kill following the hit but was ruled "out" with a concussion after the game.

Up Next: Game 6: Rangers at Senators, 7 p.m. Monday.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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