Sens have Rangers on ropes
It seemed hard times were on the way for the Ottawa Senators when captain Daniel Alfredsson was gooned by Carl Hagelin.
The truth is far from the specularion, as the Senators have won two games in a row in two tight-checking affairs.
The series has featured exactly what fans expect from the playoffs: unlikely heroes, huge hits, and incredible goaltending. Craig Anderson and Henrik Lundqvist have been stellar for their teams, and the Senators have played Rangers-esque defense.
Chris Neil, Jared Cowen, Zenon Kenopka, and Nick Folgino have really led the way for Ottawa in the hard-work, hard-hitting department, while Kyle Turris has become even more loved by Sens fan for his game-winning overtime goal in game four.
Jason Spezza has finally begun playing acceptable hockey as of game four. The first three games were a wash, and it is nice to see him get two goals in the 2-0 win Saturday night.
Mark Stone was solid in his first NHL game. The World Juniors Team Canada hero, who led the team with seven goals, gave Spezza a beautiful pass on the game-winning goal in game five. The young 'un didn't have a ton of minutes, but played responsibly and did his part.
The big rumour now is that the team may have Jakob Silfverberg, who won the SEL MVP, SEL playoff MVP and SEL championship this season, available as early as game six. With Alfredsson hurt, it would be great to get his scoring punch into the line-up. Remember, Paul Maclean and Bryan Murray wanted Silfverberg to play for the Sens out of camp, but he felt another year in the SEL would be best for his development. Boy was he right. It will be exciting for fans to see how well he does in the lineup for the playoffs, if he gets to play, or whether the team sends him to play in the world championships for Sweden instead. Either way, he is looking like a true top prospect now, and his idea of playing another year in the SEL looks golden.