Found April 09, 2012 on NY Rangers Blog:
PLAYERS: Erik Karlsson
TEAMS: Ottawa Senators
In a playoff preview at USA Today, Kevin Allen gives this Rangers game plan for dealing with Senators All Star defenseman Erik Karlsson..."But the Rangers are a gritty, hard-nosed team and they are going to test Karlsson with greater purpose than any opponent has to date. They will undoubtedly punish him for carrying the puck. He is 21, and he weighs 180 pounds. Although Karlsson overall had a great season, he didn't have a goal in his final 11 games. He was a minus-player in five of his last 10 games. Maybe he was getting worn out. Or maybe, he just needed the playoffs to start to re-energize his game. Count on the Rangers finding out which of those statements are true."...i hope the Rangers do carryout this game plan for Karlsson. I absolutely love it when teams decide the best way to deal with an opponent's star player is to pound them physically and see how they respond....the Senators are an offensively gifted team, but I think if the Rangers can play physical...

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Senators Know They Can Beat The Rangers

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Bad Blood With Senators This Season

When the final buzzer ended another NHL regular season last night, the Rangers found themselves surprisingly matched-up against the Ottawa Senators.While the Senators present a tough match-up for the Rangers with players such as Spezza, Alfredsson, Michalek and Karlsson, they might also be out for revenge as there was some bad blood between the two teams earlier this season.Back...

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Rangers vs. Senators Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Schedule

The National Hockey League released the schedule for round one of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs today, and the New York Rangers are set to get their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the Ottawa Senators kicked off Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.  Here's the complete schedule: I will have loads of series preview material here on The Rangers Tribune later...

Rallying Cry: Alfie's Last Playoffs?

Just last week, Sportsnet's Ian Mendes penned an article describing how this season represented what could perhaps be the ideal situation or best circumstances under which Daniel Alfredsson could retire. Last year at this time, Alfredsson seriously contemplated retirement when he was sidelined with an injury that required season-ending surgery. At the start of this season,...

GM Murray Speaks to Hockey Central

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Bruins Play Caps not Sens

After a wild day of hockey yesterday, the Capitals jumped up to the number seven seed and will play the Bruins in the first round.  For the last month it looked like the Bruins would be playing the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the 2012 playoffs, but after Ottawa’s loss yesterday and wins by both the Panthers and Capitals that all changed.  Now the Bruins will have to...

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Evening Line

“I think I look at it as it could be my last playoffs and I’m going to treat it as such, too.  Who knows if I’m playing next year (or) if we’ll get back to the playoffs—you just want to make sure you enjoy it and make the most of it.” -Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators.  More on Alfredsson from Erin Nicks at

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