Tuesday, April 24, 2012
PUBLIC ENEMY #1, CHRIS NEIL
Brandon Shanahan is definitely over his head. How did Chris Neil take the ice last night after the cheap shot that gave Brian Boyle a concussion in Game 5? Who knows? It's the NHL.
Whatever Shanahan was going to do or not do, a hockey game still needed to be played last night. The Rangers left Ottawa's building and their country with the series tied at 3. The Rangers played last night like their play-off hopes depended on it. Which it did.
The Rangers played the type of game that they have played all year. Infuriating. The Senators became frustrated, see Alfredsson slamming the bench door and watch the Senators coaching staff lose it in the press box.
The Senators took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. During the second period the Rangers erupted for 3 unanswered goals. Derek Stepan got the first and then with the Rangers on a 5 0n 3 power play, Richards put it in. Then with 40 seconds left in the second period, Chris Kreider scored his first NHL goal. Kreider joined the Rangers at the beginning of April after finishing his college hockey career with the National Champion Boston College.
The Rangers now fly back to play a do or die seventh game in the arena on 7th Avenue, Madison Square Garden. I have a feeling that for the seventh game of this series and only for this game, the Garden faithful will not chant POTVIN SUCKS. I think there is going to be some sort of chant for Chris Neil.