Must-win. This one really is, guys. Must-win. Or else this is the final “It’s Go Time!” of 2011-12.
From snowy Kanata, Ontario …
The Rangers have overcome a 3-2 series deficit once in their history … the famous 1994 “We will win” Game 6 guarantee by Mark Messier. Ryan Callahan has not issued any promises, as far as I know.
Carl Hagelin returns from his three-game suspension for the Rangers, who are not expected to make any other lineup changes. Hagelin replaces Brian Boyle, who did not make the trip because of his concussion, caused by an unpenalized, unpunished blind-side, late, head-shot by Chris Neil in Game 5 (I was going to add that Brendan Shanahan and the department of player safety embarrassed themselves again, but they’ve done it so often that it has lost its cache).
Ottawa gets back captain Daniel Alfredsson, who missed the last three games with a concussion caused by Hagelin’s elbow. The Senators are also expected to add winger Jakob Silfverberg, fresh from the Swedish Elite League playoffs.
Ya boys on a shutout streak of 116:32 against goalie Craig Anderson since the two early PPGs in Game 4, and it’s been 135:07 since their last even-strength goal, Boyle’s Game 3 winner.
Special thanks to Josh Thomson, 26, who has been a huge help and has done a great job during the playoffs so far … and who is hoping to continue to be a huge help during the playoffs beyond today. Otherwise we’ll be meeting with Mr. Titleist in the near future and often.
Let’s Go Tony!