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Eastern Quarterfinals Game 3: Rangers at Senators

Series: Tied 1-1.

NYR Regular Season Leading Scorer: Marian Gaborik (41-35-76)
OTT Regular Season Leading Scorer: Jason Spezza (34-50-84)

NYR Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (62 GS, 1.97 GAA, .931 SV%)
OTT Goaltender: Craig Anderson (60 GS, 2.83 GAA, .910 SV%)

Rangers Lines (looks like these are the official lines to start the game):

Chris Kreider-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky-Artem AnisimovRyan Callahan
Ruslan Fedotenko-Brian Boyle-Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp-John Mitchell-Derek Stepan

Defense:

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman
Marc Staal-Stu Bickel

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start

Probable Scratches/Injuries:  Mike Sauer (concussion), Mats Zuccarello (wrist), Carl Hagelin (suspension), Steve Eminger (healthy), Jeff Woywitka (healthy), John Scott (healthy)

Preview: For all their mistakes in Game One, the Senators made the Rangers pay in Game Two. Their goal was to get under their skin and play a tougher game, and it worked.

We learned that the Senators are willing to take it to the next level when needed, and that they can do it successfully. The scarier thing is that we learned that the Rangers can be beaten at their own game. This is now a very interesting series.

Much like with Game Two, the wild card here is the referees. The officiating in both games has been incredibly inconsistent, and both sides have seen their share of bad calls and non-calls. It’s a shame really, this had the potential to be a great series, but it’s marred by terrible officiating.

Crazy Thought: Dubi gets a hat trick and a Gordie Howe hat trick. Dude appears to be that fired up.

Crazier Thought: A powerplay goal. For the love of all that is holy…a powerplay goal.

24 Responses to “Eastern Quarterfinals Game 3: Rangers at Senators”

  1. Rickyrants13 says:

    Only a moron would start Scott over Krieder. I hope this does’nt backfire on the one we have coaching this team.

    As for being taken off our game or being beat at our own game thats a bunch of hog wash. We were beat by a lucky goal and jus couldnt score. We have had games like that andill have games like that again.

    • Jackson says:

      If the refs are actually able to control this one, I agree. I’d rather not have our guys play into the Sens bs if they don’t have to. If this game is as much of a battle as the last, which it certainly has the potential to be, then Scott does have some upside.

      I don’t think the Krieder vs. Scott decision is as easy as some make it out to be. This is especially true when you factor in Krieder’s complete lack of professional experience.

      That being said, I have faith that Torts wouldn’t thrust him into something he doesn’t seem ready for.

  2. Spozo says:

    Anyone else think its pretty comical that kenopka got the same exact punishment for “verbal abuse” as Weber received?

  3. Justin says:

    Dreger tweeted both Scott and Kreider are skating in warm ups. Game time decision.

  4. Chris F says:

    Krieder is playing! Good call, Torts, no need to further muck it up with John Scott dressed.

  5. Rickyrants13 says:

    Krieder is in He will play tonite.

  6. Dave says:

    Rupp on the top line…interesting.

  7. Rickyrants13 says:

    Just cause he starts doesnt meen he will stay there. Its all a game. But to be truthfull Ide love to see Rupp show he belongs there. The Rangers could really use that kind on their top two lines. We shale see.

  8. Rickyrants13 says:

    If Boyle and Stralman keep playing like they have And Dubi steps back into this with some fire Then all we need is for Gabs, Richards and Cally to play their games and we will do just fine. LETS GO RANGERS SHANNY SUCKS

    • Dave says:

      Dubi is a huge key for this team. If he steps up, then the pressure is off of Gabby/Richards…and then they will start lighting it up too.

  9. Dave says:

    Damn you Torts. It’s Kreider on the top line. Rupp there was just more gamesmanship.

  10. Dave says:

    Refs calling this very tight. They don’t want any more shenanigans from this series.

  11. The Suit says:

    Rangers starting to tip puck possession back in their favor. Need to finish.

    • Dave says:

      They run-and-gunned a bit too much in the middle of the period…getting back to grinding it out and clogging the middle.