Remember when the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers didn’t know each other well enough to generate hatred?
That seems to have passed. So has the Rangers’ lead in a series no one is calling boring anymore. A Chris Neil overtime winner has pumped life into the Senators and this NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal, tied 1-1 heading into Game 3 in Ottawa on Monday.
“That was huge for us,” Senators goaltender Craig Anderson said. “We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but we got the series tied, so it’s heading in the right direction.”
It was the late Conn Smythe who said his Toronto Maple Leafs couldn’t beat teams on the ice if they couldn’t “beat ’em in the alley.”