|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NHLThe Manhattan Marauders, otherwise known as the New York Rangers, travel across the border tonight for game three of their NHL quarter finals series against the Ottawa Senators. The series is tied at one win apiece.
On Saturday night at Madison Square Garden the number eight seeded Senators prevailed 3-2 in overtime over the top seed Rangers. The game winner came off the stick of Chris Neil, known more for slaps ( or punches ) to the face than his slap shot. The punching was taken care of early in the contest when the Sen, Matt Carkner pummeled New Yorks Brian Boyle to settle an issue from game one.
Later, Boyle put the Rangers up by a goal until Nick Foligno evened it up for Ottawa with 4:37 remaining, eventually forcing the overtime session. Two power play goals got this one started for both sides with the Rangers Anton Stralman scoring first with the man advantage followed by Ottawa's Erik Karlson during a Sens power play. Each team was 25 percent (1 for 4) on the power play. This followed game one when the teams were 0 for 7 in scoring combined during penalties.
Journeyman goalie Craig Anderson made 27 saves for the Senators with none being required in the extra OT period to earn the victory. Standout Henrik Lundqvist had 29 stops in goal for the Rangers. New York barely beat Ottawa in the face off circle winning 31 to 30. There were 30 hits a side in this physical affair and a combined 13 penalties with Ottawa players spending 28 minutes in the box and a Rangers jersey was seen for 26 minutes inside the isolation booth.
But the penalties during the game was only the start. Due to a hit in the head by New Yorks Carl Hagelin in the second period, Ottawa star and team captain, Daniel Alfredsson had to leave the game. As a result, Hagelin has been suspended for the next three games and the aforementioned Carkner must join him for one, due to his beatdown of Boyle.
The Rangers are favored in hockey odds on the road at -$120 while the hometown Senators are even money. The moneyline is -$140 on the over/under of 5.