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Oct 14, 2012 11:43pm
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GREENBURGH, N. Arian Foster Jersey .Y. —If you didnt know
the top-seeded New York Rangers were one loss away from elimination, the low-key
practice before their biggest game of the season wouldnt have given away the
dire circumstances. After their best seasons in years, the Rangers are trailing
the No. 8 seed, the Ottawa Senators, 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. If New
York doesnt win on the road Monday night and then capture Game 7 back at home on
Thursday night, the 51 wins and the first-place finishes in the Atlantic
Division and Eastern Conference wont mean a thing. Adorned on the high wall at
the Rangers suburban practice facility is a motivational saying that can be seen
on either side of the circular dressing room: “Everyone wants to win … not
everyone is willing to prepare to win.” Of the 22 previous times the Rangers
were tied 2-2 in a series, the Game 5 winner advanced 20 times. That doesnt bode
well for New York, which has been knocked out of the first round in both
previous years coach John Tortorella led the club to the playoffs. The Rangers,
who dropped Games 4 and 5, lost three in a row during the regular season only
twice—including the first three games they played. “Whoever is going to win
has to win four,” Rangers forward Brad Richards said, “and no one has done that
yet.” Only 11 players took the ice Sunday in what could have been the Rangers
final practice of the season, and many of them arent likely to be in the Game 6
lineup Monday in Ottawa. One player who will, is Carl Hagelin—the speedy
rookie forward who finished serving a three-game suspension Saturday night when
New York lost 2-0 at home. Hagelin has been eager to get back in the lineup ever
since his wayward elbow to the head of Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson in
Game 2 landed him in trouble with the NHL and earned him the three-game ban. New
York lost that game and then two of the three Hagelin missed to fall into this
precarious position. “Im excited to get back,” Hagelin said Sunday, still
wearing his helmet and practice gear. “Were down 3-2. We want to get the next
one, and thats the only thing on my mind right now.” Hagelin declined to answer
if he has spoken to Alfredsson, his Swedish countryman, since the hit that left
Alfredsson with his second concussion in six months. The Senators also held an
optional practice Sunday, and Alfredsson took part in it—creating at least
some hope that he can also return for Game 6 in what will surely be a raucous
home crowd. “Were obviously going to wait until (Monday), but the way the last
two days felt, Im encouraged,” Alfredsson told The Canadian Press. Hagelin
refrained from making any comments about what the Rangers lineup might look like
on Monday, and he also didnt want to say much about Alfredsson or the Senators.
He kept his game face on and stuck to simple answers that wouldnt get him in
trouble with his club or anyone else. “I dont want to comment on anyone on their
team. If hes good, then thats good,” Hagelin said of Alfredsson. “I am going to
keep playing the same way I have been playing all year. I am not a dirty player.
If I dont play the way I need to play, Im not going to be a good player. I am
going to do my thing.” So is Ottawa agitator Chris Neil, who appears to have
escaped punishment from the NHL for his high and hard hit against 6-foot-7
Rangers forward Brian Boyle in the third period of Saturday nights game that
according to Tortorella, gave Boyle a concussion. Boyle struggled to get back to
the bench, played only a few shifts after the hit, and is a question mark to
even make the trip to Ottawa for Game 6. If Boyle cant play, that means that
quickly improving rookie Chris Kreider will probably be in the lineup for a
fourth straight game. The 19-year-old Kreider, who recently won an NCAA
championship with Boston College, signed with the Rangers right after his
college season ended. As of Sunday afternoon, the NHL didnt schedule a
disciplinary hearing with Neil after reviewing the play, so it is unlikely he
will be fined or suspended. Neil wasnt given a penalty in the game, either.
Tortorella said Sunday he had no reaction to the lack of punishment, a far cry
from his stern words after the game on Saturday. He angrily compared it to a hit
delivered by Phoenixs Raffi Torres, who was suspended by the NHL on Saturday for
25 games for his shot that sent Chicagos Marian Hossa to the hospital. “Hes
concussed and out,” Tortorella said about Boyle. “Exact same hit as Torres. “He
launches himself, head shot. The puck is at the goal line when hes hit. The
blueprint is there. “Its just a dangerous, dangerous, cheap hit.” Alfredsson has
the luxury of being cautious because his club still has a game to play with
before it would face elimination. His wait to return, although difficult, was
made a bit easier by the fact that the Senators won three of the four games—
including the one in which he was injured—he missed. “The guys have played
really hard,” the 39-year-old Alfredsson told CP on Sunday. “I think weve played
the way we want to and its been fun to watch—but its also been a frustrating
week. “Its nice to be back on the ice and hopefully get back at it (Monday).”
Alfredsson skated Monday morning before Game 3, but had a setback that kept him
sidelined all week. “I could tell I didnt feel right and we had to back off,” he
said. “It took a few days. It wasnt until Friday I started feeling a little bit
better.” A few goals against suddenly solid Senators goalie Craig Anderson would
do a lot to help the Rangers confidence and their chances of surviving this
matchup. New York scored four goals in its series-opening win, but has managed
only five in the four games since. The Rangers have had 66 consecutive shots
stopped by Anderson, who hasnt allowed a goal in 116 minutes, 32 seconds—
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winners at the season-opening Chennai Open tennis tournament. The third-seeded
Moya held off Russian qualifier Alexandre Kudryavtsev 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, while
an unseeded Malisse won his seventh straight match at this event by dousing
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