Some twidiot started a stupid wildfire that Henrik Lundqvist is sick, with IVs in his arms, etc. NOT TRUE, OK?
Daniel Alfredsson goes back into the lineup for Ottawa, and Carl Hagelin—who served his three games for the elbow that injured Alfredsson also returns. Chris Neil, however, doesn’t get a penalty, so much as a minor, for knocking Brian Boyle out of the series. Sounds fair, right? Makes a lot of sense.
Way to go, NHL. Just embarrassing.
Hagelin was kept away from the Canada media swarm today, and rightfully so. He’s going to be a major villain tonight. Boyle didn’t make the trip; can’t fly. The Sens are also considering rookie Jakob Silfverberg, right out of the Swedish Elite League playoffs, though that sure goes against the coaching manual—making a non-injury lineup change after two straight playoff wins.
Anyway, for you guys who have been clamoring for one of these at the slightest bit of adversity all season, here it finally is, in Game 88: Tonight is a Must-Win game. There, I said it.
On to the interviews. John Tortorella said nothing. At the end of Brad Richards, some jackwagon with a camera and a mic asked Brad Richards about the Senators being Canada’s last standing team … adding that aside from Richards’ parents, everybody in Canada is rooting for the Senators. My God. Richards got a couple of good laughs out of it after the guy was gone.