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And now, a busy post-game Xtra

A dejected Henrik Lundqvist skates off the ice

A dejected Henrik Lundqvist skates off the ice after the Rangers lost the game in overtime, 3-2. (April 14, 2012) (Credit: David Pokress)

                  Plenty to digest, no?

                

                  At about midnight, NHL.com reported that a hearing for Carl Hagelin, regarding his high hit that knocked Daniel Alfredsson out of the game, is scheduled for Sunday. Rangers are scheduled to practice at 1:30 before leaving for Ottawa. We shall see...If he is suspended for a game, Chris Kreider could make his NHL debut in Ottawa, I guess. Or heloooooo, John Scott.

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                   The Rangers have lost six straight overtime games in the playoffs dating back to the Buffalo Sabres series in 2007. The last win game on Michal Rozsival’s winner in the second OT in the third game of that series.

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               Brad Richards: “This isn’t something we weren’t prepared for. We wanted a 2-0 lead going back to them, but we’re going to have to win games there.”

              More Richards: “We would have liked to score more on the power play (1-4) when we had the lead, and we didn’t close it out.”

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                 Stat of the night: Erik Karlsson had 10 shots on net, five attempts blocked and five misses. What a difference from Game One.  

                 “I think everybody left the first game behind them. We wanted to come out this game a completely different team. The team that we’ve been for the most part of the season, and I think we showed that right off the start.”

 

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                       Each team was credited with 30 hits. And one more stat: Rangers blocked 25 shots, eight by Dan Girardi, who played 29:59.

 

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                  Henrik Lundqvist, who made 29 saves:  “It’s been a physical series, both teams getting to know each other. I expect it to be that way all the way.”

 

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                   Tortorella said Ryan McDonagh, who was doubled over in pain as the game ended, is fine. “He got hit in the (nuts),” he said.

 

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                 Anton Stralman’s goal was his first playoff goal and Artem Anisimov’s assist was his third in the series.

    

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                      Marc Staal on Foligno’s game-tying goal: “Bounces like that happen. Sometime they’re not the prettiest goals… DZ makes a great block and it goes right back to him, tough play to swallow.”  

 

                    More Staal: “For the most part we were trying to stop them from scoring and we were doing a little too much backing up and not enough forechecking.”

 

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                    You wonder how much longer Torts will stay with Stu Bickel, who played 3:40, so basically, each team played with five defensemen. Carkner was gone just 2:15 in. Steve Eminger (ankle) would be an option if he can practice. Dubinsky, who was furious for the game misconduct, was not available after the game.

 

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                   Ottawa coach Paul MacLean: “I don’t have an opinion on (Hagelin). Let Brendan Shanahan say what he thinks.” (Me, I’m guessing fine, based on the Shea Weber fine for a similar hit.) MacLean said he was not concerned about any further discipline for Matt Carkner.

 

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                      Boyle’s goal was his seventh goal in the past 11 games and came on a back pass from Ruslan Fedotenko. Boyle, who had just six goals on the season before his hot streak, fired a stick-side wrister past Craig Anderson.

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