Found April 20, 2012 on The Rangers Tribune:
When there are seven games allotted to decide a playoff series, momentum often swings many different ways over the course of time. Between games, between periods, between goals and between shifts - it's always changing. This is where the heart of the battle in the postseason lies, and this quarterfinal series between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators has seen much of it. For this reason, with four games in the books, the two teams find themselves in a 2-2 tie despite the match-up being a 1 versus 8 seed. Beginning tomorrow at Madison Square Garden, it shifts gears and now becomes a best of three.  Each team in the series, to this point, has won one game on home ice and one game on the road. The Rangers obviously took Games 1 and 3 while the Senators took Games 2 and 4, both of which were decided in overtime. The series as a whole, just as head coach John Tortorella predicted it would, has been decided by the action and reaction of momentum. See, momentum is not always a...
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