Stanley Cup Playoffs: Rangers outduel Senators in game six 3-2

The Ottawa Senators had a chance to take care of business at home in their Stanley Cup Playoff series against the New York Rangers, but they came up just short as they fell 3-2 Monday night in game six.

The Senators went ahead in the first period when Sergei Gonchar’s point shot bounced past Henrik Lunqvist after deflecting off Chris Neil’s skate on an Ottawa powerplay.

Ottawa felt pretty good about themselves heading to the locker room after one with a 1-0 advantage.

Things started to unravel in the second when the Rangers scored three unanswered goals in a 10 minute span including one by rookie Chris Kreider with time winding down in the period.

Senators coach Paul MacLean was unhappy with the play of his stars, and decided to sit his top line for the first part of the third period.

Daniel Alfredsson was particularly upset by this move, and when after he finally got on the ice on an Ottawa penalty kill in the third then as he came off the ice, Alfredsson slammed his stick on the boards, startling rookie forward Colin Greening on the bench.

The normally composed Senators captain then demolished the stick after he jumped over the boards, took a sip of Gatorade, and then threw the bottle to the ground and stomped the life out of it with his skate.

No one is sure what exactly set Alfredsson off, whether it was being on the bench for an extended length of time, or simple frustration with the way he and his team was performing in game six. The incident occurred right after he sustained a hit from John Mitchell.

The Senators made things interesting when Jason Spezza scored with under a minute to play.

The goal enraged Lundqvist, who was pushed by Chris Neil on the play who probably should have been assessed a goaltender interference penalty on the play. It also appeared that Neil may have kicked the puck accross the goalline, but replays showed that while he tried to kick the puck, his skate never touched it.

That was just the icing on the cake for the players as both teams complained vehemently about the game’s officiating afterward. Lundqvist even suggested that the referee’s wanted Ottawa to get back into the game when he was asked about the Spezza goal while in a post game scrum.

The only thing I can say about the officiating is that both teams had to suffer the same shoddy riduculous calls.

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