NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: Henrik Lundqvist #30 and Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers react as the Ottawa Senators celebrate after Jason Spezza #19 scored a goal in the first period of Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 21, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Every game is an elimination game from this point forward, ladies and gentlemen.
Craig Anderson vs.
Brian Boyle: #2 New York Rangers at #7 Ottawa Senators, Game 6, 7:00 Eastern, NBC Sports and CBC (Ottawa leads 3-2)
Ol' Baldy has been awesome for the Senators, whose role players have stepped it up in the absence of Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza, who finally put his first goal of the series behind Lundqvist in Game 5. Speaking of Alfredsson, he might be back for this, guess we'll see. (Update: He says today that he's in. No word on whether the fans still plan to chant Ralphie at him every 11th minute.)
On the Rangers' side of things, Henrik Lundqvist has really not been bad. It's the goal support that's missing. How much of that is Anderson and how much of that is the Rangers? Leading goal scorer Brian Boyle (seriously) is out with a concussion suffered at the hands of Chris Neil on a hit that was ultimately not punished (and probably rightfully so, as much as I hate Neil and his crappy team). Who's gonna pick it up now eh?
New York is up against it, and Ottawa has a chance to win it for the home crowd.
|Apr 21, 2012||OTT @ NYR||OTT, 2 - 0|
|Apr 18, 2012||NYR @ OTT||OTT, 3 - 2|
|Apr 16, 2012||NYR @ OTT||NYR, 1 - 0|
|Apr 14, 2012||OTT @ NYR||OTT, 3 - 2|
|Apr 12, 2012||OTT @ NYR||NYR, 4 - 2|
The Overtime Series: #3 Phoenix Coyotes at #6 Chicago Blackhawks, Game 6, 9:00 Eastern, CNBC and TSN (Phoenix leads 3-2)
Second City Hockey welcomes our invaders for another night of insulting Mike Smith. Chicago faces elimination at the hands of the NHL's team. Please, Chicago. Win tonight and win Game 7 too. Because a series between Nashville and Phoenix would be the most powerful sleep aid this world has ever seen. Here's the tale of the tape.
|Apr 21, 2012||CHI @ PHX||CHI, 2 - 1|
|Apr 19, 2012||PHX @ CHI||PHX, 3 - 2|
|Apr 17, 2012||PHX @ CHI||PHX, 3 - 2|
|Apr 14, 2012||CHI @ PHX||CHI, 4 - 3|
|Apr 12, 2012||CHI @ PHX||PHX, 3 - 2|