Prust livens things up

Chris Neil #25 of the Ottawa Senators and Chris Neil #25 of the Ottawa Senators and Brandon Prust #8 of the New York Rangers fight. (April 23, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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OTTAWA -- Brandon Prust knew the Rangers needed a jolt. And he still was thinking about some retribution for Chris Neil's dangerous hit that knocked Brian Boyle out of Game 5 with a concussion.

"We were down 1-0," said Prust, who engaged Neil at 15:10 of the first period. "Whenever I'm fighting, it's usually not for me, it's to get the guys going. I think most of it's just trying to get the guys going, to get a little spark, a little jump . . . maybe a little bit for Boyler, too."

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Neil, who may have had the edge in the fight, raised an arm to implore the home crowd to cheer and skated off with both arms in the air.

But Brad Richards, who had a goal and an assist, said the lift on the Rangers' bench was vital to getting them back in the game. "It started with Prust," he said. "You can tell he wanted this one."

 

Numbers game

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The Rangers have played in three Game 7s at Madison Square Garden and won them all: in 1992 and 1994 against the Devils and in '94 against the Canucks . . . The defense tandem of Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh played 28:42 and 28:26 . . . Anton Stralman got his fourth point with an assist on Derek Stepan's goal and Marc Staal got his first point with an assist on Chris Kreider's goal.

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