For once the Rangers were able to make them pay. When I say them, I don’t just mean the Senators. I mean the refs. I mean Shanny. I mean Campbell. I mean anyone and everyone who has failed to do their job this postseason. The Rangers overcame it all for once and will have to do it one more time on Thursday in order to get to the next round.
Anyway, on to the scoring…
Sens go up 1-0
The refs called Rupp for roughing, the replay predictably showed Rupp didn’t do more than give a hug for encouragement. Unfortunately, the Rangers couldn’t make the call irrelevant. Staal couldn’t clear Neil or Foligno from the crease and MDZ was in no mans land. Easy power play goal for the Sens.
Rangers even it up 1-1
The Rangers finally got on board during the power play midway through the second period. Stralman fed Brad Richards atop the circle. Richie made a great diagonal pass to Stepan who was rushing in from the circle. Stepan got a quick shot on goal and scored after an extra whack at the puck.