Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson let his frustration bubble over into a fit of rage that Senators fans have never seen before when television cameras caught the 39-year-old veteran smashing his stick on the bench and then stomping on a water bottle.
Alfredsson was apologetic when he met the media the next day, stating he knew he had to keep it together better, but I had no problem with him showing his emotions.
The man is human, and he obviously wants to win in the worst way.
He has won every accolade, and every championship at every level except for the Stanley Cup. This could be his last shot at the elusive NHL holy grail, he saw the game slipping away, and perhaps his career flashing before his eyes. And he snapped. No big deal.
Now what every Senators fan needs is to see him pick his team up one more time, and carry them across the finish line to their very first win in a game seven.
The trio, along with Erik Karlsson had great success against the Rangers throughout the regular season, and the Senators have preformed very well at Madison Square Gardens all year long posting a combined record of 4-1.
The old adage of your best players needing to play like your best players definitely applies here, and a big game from any of them would go a long way for Ottawa’s chances.
It is unclear who will take the spot on the second line, but I think the smart money has to go on Bobby Butler who has toiled all season with the club, and played well when coach Paul MacLean put him in the lineup in in game three.
I believe Butler has earned the chance to help the club advance to round two, or to be a part of them going down swinging, but if MacLean feels that Mark Stone or Jakub Silfverberg will give the Senators a better chance to win I don’t think he will hesitate to put them in the lineup in his place.
One person who has proven himself beyond a shadow of a doubt is goaltender Craig Anderson who has virtually stood on his head all series long.
Anderson has matched Vezina Trophy nominee, Henrik Lundqvist save for save throughout the playoffs posting nearly identical numbers and has given his team an opportunity to come away with the win in every game so far.
He can put himself into a whole separate class of Ottawa goaltenders if he can carry them to victory in game seven for the first time in franchise history.
Ottawa just needs a hero to step up and grab the brass ring.