Lundqvist: ‘It’s An Absolute Joke’ (ESPN video)
Down 3-2, the Rangers went into Game 6 with a win or go home situation. They seemed to have come out of the gates a little flat and the offense was a struggle for both teams from the start. This would appear to be a good sign considering are X factor just happens to be arguably the best goaltender in the league. That advantage quickly disappeared as the Senators found the back of the net on their first power play of the game at the 7:05 mark. This was not a good sign for any Rangers’ fans after the heartbreak of two overtime losses in this series. Sometimes the better team doesn’t win and that thought was running through my mind.
Thankfully, the floodgates were opened in the 2nd period and the Rangers banged out 3 goals like rapid fire. It all began on a power play kill that frustrated a confident Senator team. With a 5-4 man advantage, the Senators committed a penalty of their own, resulting in a 4 on 4 which eventually led to a 5 on 4 for the Rangers. This is when Derek Stepan found the back of the net revitalizing this team while demoralizing Ottawa even more. Not only did they kill one power play resulting from another Senator dumb penalty, they got a gift from the referees resulting in a goalie interference call against Ottawa’s Nick Foligno. This eventually created a 5 on 3 advantage where Brad Richards ripped a shot through the armpit of goalie Chris Anderson. That made the score 2-1 in favor of New York. Not too much later, Chris Kreider recorded his first career goal with 41 seconds remaining in the second, which could not have come at a better time. Any hope the Senators had was crushed by that 3rd and final goal by Kreider.
The game appeared over when the Senators pulled the goalie to make it a 6 on 5 skater advantage. They crowded the net and eventually put one past Lundqvist with a little over 30 seconds remaining. This struck up major controversy because Lundqvist was covering the puck and then was removed from on top of it by an Ottawa player shoving him with his stick. Not only was that a horrible no call from the refs, which Henrik clearly acknowledged in the press conference shown above, but the puck appeared to be guided into the net off of Chris Neil’s skate. Unfortunately the call on the ice was a goal and the evidence reviewed by the ref was inconclusive, resulting in a 3-2 final score.
Regardless of controversial calls, the Rangers live on to see a Game 7 with home ice and momentum in New York’s favor.