5 Things to Know: Rangers at Senators – Game 2

BY: DAVID KOLB

GAME 2: NEW YORK RANGERS at OTTAWA SENATORS
Post Game Coverage on MSG and MSG GO After Game 2
Ottawa Leads the Series, 1-0

The Rangers will attempt to even their second-round series against the Senators Saturday in Ottawa.

1 Where They Stand

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  • The Blueshirts faceoff against the Senators  today in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Canadian Tire Centre.
  • Including Game 1, all four meetings between the Rangers and Senators this season have been decided by two goals or fewer.
  • The Rangers enter Game 2 having won six of the last eight playoff games they have played when trailing in a series, dating back to Game 5 of the Second Round against Washington in 2015.

2 Who's Hot?

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  • Ryan McDonagh scored the Rangers’ only goal in Thursday’s 2-1 Game 1 loss to the Senators.
  • The Blueshirts’ captain has recorded points in consecutive games and three points in seven playoff games this Spring.
  • The 27-year-old posted six points (one goal, five assists) against the Senators during the regular season.

3 Say What?

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“[Henrik Lundqvistmade some big stops for us and kept it tight and we always know he’s going to be there. You knew they were going to push in their building in Game 1 and we have to find a way to answer in Game 2. Playoffs come down to a bounce and one shot here or there and Thursday we were on the wrong side of it.”

 — Marc Staal after Thursday’s Game 1 loss

4 Did You Know?

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  • Rangers forward Michael Grabner and Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf were teammates with the Maple Leafs in 2015-16.
  • Senators GM Pierre Dorion serves as an Amateur Scout with the Rangers for two seasons (2005-06 and 2006-07)

5 Must-See Video

Steve Valiquette Looks at How the Rangers Were Able to Break the Sens’ Neutral-Zone Trap