The New York Rangers were able to hold off the late-charging Ottawa Senators and cling on to a 3-2 victory Monday evening in Ottawa. The series now shifts back for a Game 7 on Thursday in New York.
For a series that many predicted New York would win in five, playing a Game 6 in Ottawa -- and trailing in the series -- must have seemed like uncharted territory to the Rangers and the prognosticators. The Rangers were in a do-or-die situation, backs against the wall, no tomorrow. Regardless of which cliche you prefer, halfway through the second period, it seemed like the Rangers weren't going to be able to find the push back in their game that was needed.
Ottawa drew first blood on a power play, when Chris Neil tipped a point shot 7:05 into the first period. The Senators have had to make adjustments to get more shots through traffic, and having two big bodies in front of the Rangers net caused problems. Ultimately, however, it was the power play that in the end hurt the Senators.