Okay, now we have a RIVALRY with the Rangers!!!
And kudos to Carkner for setting the tone and making sure Boyle was aware that the Sens were not happy in the least with the way he roughed up Karlsson in Game 1. Carkner is scheduled for a hearing with Shanahan today (apparently the League has issues with the way he kept whaling on him after he went down and turtled
) but considering Boyle continued playing and scored a goal, I'm thinking he wasn't hurt too badly.
But Carks gets lots of love from this Sens' fan for making sure that the Rangers know that we will defend our stars.
I was pleased with the "never give up" playing that the guys once again brought to the game. Again, not a picture-perfect game by any means but that five minute PK early on due to Carkner's instigator was a thing of beauty in terms of special teams. I believe the Rangers came away from that five minute PP with one shot on goal. Another indicator that the team was playing with lots of heart.
I am concerned with the status of our Leader of Heart and Soul after the elbow by Hagelin. It was an intent to injure hit, IMHO and it will be interesting to see how Shanahan treats it (particularly since he totally ignored the Wolski blindside hit earlier in the season at MSG on Alfie which resulted in him missing games due to a concussion
). Hagelin's hearing with Shanahan is going to take place after Carkner's hearing today.
Nice to see Karlsson also take his coach's postgame comments to heart and turn up his speed last night. Karlsson ended up with ten shots on goal and also got our first one which was, in effect, an own-goal by del Zotto but, hey, it counted! We were joking here that Torts might call for a review since del Zotto clearly directed it into the net with his foot!!
I liked Winchester's game - again - tonight. He was very big on the PK and delivered a couple of solid hits, particularly one on Boyle (although Boyle still managed to score as he was being hit!
). But I am very happy that Winchester was able to return in time for the playoffs. He's not flashy, but he sure is a healthy, big body out there and works hard every shift.
The three stars for the CBC broadcast were: #3 - Karlsson; #2 - Anderson and #1 - Neil.
The three stars on the Team's broadcast were: #3 - Anderson for stopping 27 of 29 shots; #2 - Neil for potting the OT winner and playing a strong 200 foot game all night and #1 - Karlsson for playing just over 30 minutes TOI, having 10 shots on goal (21 shots taken overall), five hits and scoring the first goal (kind of!
). The Hardest Working Senator picked - as the broadcast crew felt several players qualified including Carkner
- was Jesse Winchester for doing a great job on the PK team and playing well when elevated to the top line once Alfie was knocked out of the game.
Unfortunately, due to the death Friday night of my aunt in Vermont, I will be unable to attend Monday's night game but we will be returning Tuesday so we will watch it on the PVR in preparation for going to Game #4 on Wednesday! So be LOUD AND PROUD at the rink Monday night Sens Fans! I'll be thinking about you!!!
GO SENS GO!!!!!!!!