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Sometimes Experience Doesn’t Matter

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

They have won nine playoff series and 46 postseason games since the start of the 2012 tournament, more series than anyone other than Chicago and Los Angeles and more games than anyone other than the Blackhawks. I respect the hell out of the Rangers for what they’ve done and how they’ve carried themselves over the last six years.

But enough.

Enough of playing the experience card.

Better to play with urgency, discipline and attention to detail.

Because the truth of the matter is that every single experience has ended the same way.

In defeat.

If experience were determinative, wouldn’t it have been the Blueshirts, and not the Senators, to score a late third-period tie-breaking winner in Game 1? Wouldn’t the Rangers have been able to close out Games 2 and 5 in which they held one-goal leads with under two minutes to play before losing each in overtime?


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The Ottawa Senators Outplayed The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

A bounce or two went against them again, the net-crashing craze that has become a staple of pulled-goaltender-six-on-five hockey cost them again, but make no mistake, the Rangers got what they deserved in Saturday’s 5-4 overtime Game 5 defeat to the Senators on Saturday.

The Blueshirts had way too many players who delivered C-minus efforts throughout this defeat that places them on the brink of second-round playoff extinction heading into Tuesday’s Game 6 at the Garden, when more diligence, commitment and passion would have given them a choke hold on the series.

They did not measure up against an Ottawa team that played as if their lives depended on this after having mailed in a pair of puny performances in Games 3 and 4 in New York. It wasn’t even close, despite how close the Blueshirts came to winning it.


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Video- Kyle Turris With The Game Winner

Ottawa wins 5-4 in OT.


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The Ottawa Senators Need To Regroup Quickly

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

The "Kanata Wall" is in need of some repairs.

As the Ottawa Senators left Madison Square Garden with two humbling losses, they were seeking adjustments in system, personnel and execution – or perhaps some combination of the three. It all depended on who you asked.

Guy Boucher dismissed the notion that the New York Rangers had found a way to exploit his team’s defensive approach while generating a slew of odd-man rushes in back-to-back 4-1 defeats here.

Speaking about Game 4 specifically, he seemed to suggest that the Senators fell victim to bad luck on Thursday night.

"I’m not going to start blaming our guys because pucks were going over their sticks," said Boucher. "It happens, and they capitalized on them, so good for them."

His players didn’t sound quite so sure.

Many of them zeroed in on specific aspects of the game that eluded them.


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A Look At Erik Karlsson

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

The first law of the NHL playoffs: Do not discuss your injuries. This dictum is for self-preservation, limiting but not eliminating the possibility of adding injury to injury. (Only martial law takes more liberties than hockey players.) Teams once hid behind the flimsy veil of the diagonal rule, which posited that if a banged-up player grudgingly acknowledged he might have a bum right ankle, he most likely had a separated left shoulder. When video ruined that ruse, the NHL defaulted to the murky world of the “upper-body injury” and the “lower-body injury” linguistic acrobatics that have been credited to the late Pat Quinn, the Hall of Fame coach who, not surprisingly, trained as a lawyer.

Then Erik Karlsson took out a Sharpie and drew a map.

The Senators’ defenseman can do practically anything he wants on the ice, and apparently off. Flouting convention and baffling teammates, he specified last week that the lower-body problem that had bedeviled him for a month was two hairline fractures in his left heel. Until that moment the only heel being heavily scrutinized in the Stanley Cup playoffs was professional irritant Ryan Kesler, the Ducks’ center who currently is tormenting Edmonton star Connor McDavid. “I’m not much for secrets,” Karlsson said before Ottawa’s second-round series against the Rangers. No kidding. He might as well have tweeted his ATM PIN.


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A Game To Forget For The Ottawa Senators

from the CP at TSN,

Guy Boucher spoke calmly. His message, though, was anything but serene.

"We were off with everything," Boucher said after the Ottawa Senators' 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday night in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.

"There's nothing for us to take from this game," Boucher said. "We flush all of it and move on to the next game."...

The Senators appeared overwhelmed by the pressure the Rangers applied early in the game, even though everyone on Ottawa's roster spoke on Monday about the understanding that New York would be desperate to salvage its season.

When the first period ended, Ottawa trailed 2-0, had been outshot 15-5 and out-attempted 26-12. The Senators were outshot 30-27 and out-attempted 56-54 by the end of the game.

"We knew they were going to come hard," Cody Ceci said. "We just didn't manage their push that well."

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Dion Phaneuf’s Longest Run In the Playoffs

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

This is his first taste of the second round during a career that’s included 902 regular-season games, and after 12 years he’s gained an appreciation for the small accomplishment it represents.

"It’s been a long time," said Phaneuf. "I’ve loved the whole thing. The whole first round (against Boston) it was a challenging series, I hadn’t been in the playoffs in a while. You get there and it’s just a different level of hockey, a different level of compete.

"I’ve really enjoyed it. I’m really happy with our team, I’m happy being here, I just like our team."

The 32-year-old is almost buoyant.

He is logging the second-most ice time behind captain Erik Karlsson in the playoffs and thriving on the heightened battle for space. The Senators are also enjoying an uptick in possession with Phaneuf on the ice, in part because coach Guy Boucher has found him some 5-on-5 minutes with Karlsson and they’re controlling more than 65 per cent of shot attempts while paired together.

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Henrik Lundqvist Must Be Better

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Give Lundqvist five goals, and he is home free — well, except for Game 3 of the 2015 conference finals and the 6-5 overtime defeat to the Lightning.

But not in this Game 2 on Saturday, in which The King was not nearly good enough, and the Rangers could not protect a 5-3 lead they held until 3:19 remained in regulation. That is when a rather unheralded fellow named Jean-Gabriel Pageau morphed into Rocket Richard by scoring twice on deflections to complete a hat trick by the end of the third period, tying the score at 18:58 before recording his fourth goal on a two-on-one left wing screamer to give the Senators a 6-5 victory at 2:54 of the second overtime....

Somehow Lundqvist must elevate his game following an afternoon on which he seemed off balance throughout and was unable to carry the baton over the finish line after his teammates had battled through myriad errors to stake the goaltender to three different two-goal leads at 3-1, 4-2 and 5-3.

“I wasn’t moving as well as in other games,” Lundqvist said. “I wasn’t good enough.”

No, he wasn’t, and if he isn’t at the top of his game when the series resumes with Tuesday’s Game 3 at the Garden, the Rangers won’t have even a prayer of coming back in this Round 2.

Lundqvist still was wearing his pads when he talked to the media after sitting in his stall for up to 15 minutes with his head down and clasped between his hands. The goaltender never quite had a grip on this game. He seemed to acknowledge that when asked if he felt secure with the late lead in a game filled with ebbs and flows each way.


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Video- Jean-Gabriel Pageau With The Double-OT Game Winner

Pageau had a 4 goal game today

The Rangers head home down 0-2.


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No Sell-Out In Ottawa

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

One assumed guarantee was a capacity crowd for an NHL playoff game in a Canadian city.

Ottawa fans are turning that notion on its ear.

For Thursday’s Round 2 opener against the New York Rangers, hundreds of empty seats were conspicuous at all three arena levels, a hot topic of discussion between whistles.

The development is stunning considering this is only the second time since 2007 the Senators have been among the final eight teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Just as the first sultry weather of the season screamed, ” Patio Bar!!” the Senators entertained the Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal. A crowd of 16,744 took in Ottawa’s 2-1 win at the Canadian Tire Centre, the smallest home gate this post-season by about 2,000. Official capacity is 18,572 but more than 20,000 attended Daniel Alfredsson night.


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