The New York Rangers hope to get their momentum back for game three in the Stanley Cup playoffs Monday night. They were looking to leave Madison Square Garden Saturday night with a two game lead on the Ottawa Senators. Instead, Ottawa took home the win. YNN's Budd Mishkin reports.
The Rangers were hoping to head to Ottawa with a two games to none lead. They were leading 2-1 late in the third period, but they were holding on for dear life.
But Ottawa was surging, the Rangers looked tired, and the Senators got a fortuitous bounce and Nick Foligno scores to tie the game at two. And then in overtime, Ottawa once again had the edge in play.
And off a huge scramble in front, Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist lost his stick, and the senators Chris Neal scored off the loose puck.
Ottawa wins 3-2 in overtime to send the series back to Ottawa tied at one.
Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers Goalie said, “I lost track of the puck. Someone blocked it and it got stuck in front. When you lose your stick it's always awkward to try to move side-to-side. I just picked it up too late."
Brad Richards, Rangers Center said, "We were leading with whatever left, we started playing on our heels a little bit or retreating. They started coming down the ice with speed."
Game 2 at the Garden Saturday night was playoff hockey at its nastiest. The Ottawa Senators were looking to avenge the Rangers treatment of their star defenseman Erik Karlsson in game one. And so Ottawa’s Matt Carkner started wailing on the Rangers Brian Boyle early in the first period.
Brandon Dubinsky jumped in to protect his teammate.
For instigating the fight, Carkner was ejected. But much to the rangers chagrin, Dubinsky was also ejected for being a third man in.
It started a night filled with nasty play and scrums, setting the stage for what could be a very long and bitter series.
"It was a battle from start to finish. That how playoff hockey is,” said Brian Boyle, Rangers Forward.
Marc Staal, Rangers Defenseman said, "Grudges get made, things get nasty. It's what happens. We like to initiate the physical play, and we'll continue to do that and go right after them."
Game three is Monday night in Ottawa.