NEW YORK — In a rock 'em, sock 'em game, Chris Neil scored 1:17 into overtime to give the Senators a 3-2 win against the Rangers on Saturday and pull them even at one game each in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal.
Neil backhanded home a rebound off a wild scramble in front of the net in which goalie Henrik Lundqvist lost his stick.
The game's tone was set before it started when Senators coach Paul MacLean made a last-minute lineup change to insert tough guys Zenon Konopka and Matt Carkner. Ottawa wasn't happy about New York center Brian Boyle landing a few punches to defenseman Erik Karlsson's head after the whistle during New York's 4-2 Game 1 win Thursday.
After delivering a clean check to Boyle 2:15 into the game, Carkner began unloading punches on him while the two were pinned against the side boards in the Ottawa end. Boyle fell to the ice and was still receiving blows from Carkner while trying to cover up.
As players from both teams gathered and exchanged shoves and words, Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky charged in to help Boyle. When things settled down, Carkner and Dubinsky were ejected. When the ejections were announced, Dubinsky stormed toward the tunnel and threw a full water cooler as he marched out of view.
Ottawa wouldn't make Carkner available after the game. Boyle wouldn't discuss what happened. Neither coach — the other being usually voluble Rangers boss John Tortorella — would comment, either.
Later in the first period, Neil fought Boyle. "We didn't like what (Boyle) did to Erik, and we got to take care of that stuff," Neil said.
In the second period, usually mild-mannered Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin landed a hard hit on Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson along the side boards in the Ottawa end. Hagelin got his elbow up and struck Alfredsson in the head, earning a major penalty. Karlsson scored on the power play to tie the score at 1.
Alfredsson didn't return to the game. MacLean didn't have an update on him.
Hagelin said he was trying to finish his check.
Blues 3, Sharks 0: Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak combined for a shutout, the Sharks put themselves in an early hole when defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic tapped the puck into his own net, and host St. Louis evened the West series at a game apiece. Halak left the game after teammate Barret Jackman ran him over in the second. Coach Ken Hitchcock said Halak had a lower-body injury and would be re-evaluated today.
capitals 2, Bruins 1 2 OT: Nicklas Backstrom scored 2:56 into the second overtime to help the Capitals tie the defending Stanley Cup champions at one game apiece in their East series. Game 1 went to the Bruins 1-0 in OT. "There's not a lot of chances out there," Backstrom said. "This is how it's going to be, I think. For you, maybe it's boring; I don't know. But for us it's fun."
coyotes-blackhawks: Coyotes leading scorer Radim Vrbata, who left early in Game 1 on Thursday with an injury, played in Game 2 late Saturday.
Canadiens great dies: Emile "Butch" Bouchard, a longtime Montreal captain and four-time Stanley Cup winner, died Saturday at 92 in Montreal. The Canadiens won the Stanley Cup four times in his 15-year career, twice during the eight years he was captain. He retired in 1956 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966. His son Pierre played for the Canadiens from 1970-78.
Lightning ahl team extends streak: Norfolk extended is league-record winning streak to 27 games with a 3-2 overtime win against host Binghamton. Mark Barberio scored the winner on a power play. Norfolk ends its regular season today.
First Period—1, NYR, Stralman 1 (Girardi, Anisimov), 10:11 (pp). Penalties—Carkner, Ott, minor-major-game misconduct (instigator, fighting), 2:15; Dubinsky, NYR, minor-game misconduct (roughing), 2:15; Neil, Ott, major (fighting), 8:17; Boyle, NYR, major (fighting), 8:17; Gonchar, Ott (tripping), 8:32; Prust, NYR (hooking), 11:58; Phillips, Ott (elbowing), 19:07.
Second Period—2, Ott, Karlsson 1 (Kuba), 13:50 (pp). Penalties—Kuba, Ott (high-sticking), 3:58; Hagelin, NYR, major (elbowing), 10:32; Richards, NYR (roughing), 15:50.
Third Period—3, NYR, Boyle 2 (Fedotenko, Del Zotto), 2:41. 4, Ott, Foligno 1 (Konopka, Turris), 15:23. Penalties—None. First OT—5, Ott, Neil 1 (Cowen, Smith), 1:17. Penalties—None. Shots—Ott 10-10-10-2—32. NYR 10-12-7-0—29. PP opps—Ott 1 of 4; NYR 1 of 4. Goalies—Ott, Anderson 1-1-0 (29 shots-27 saves). NYR, Lundqvist 1-1-0 (32-29).
First Period—1, St.L, Sobotka 1, 1:31. Penalties—Colaiacovo, StL (cross-checking), 7:48; Mitchell, SJ (hooking), 16:52; Vlasic, SJ (slashing), 18:59; Backes, StL (cross-checking), 18:59.
Second Period—2, St.L, Backes 1 (Oshie), 13:49. Penalties—Marleau, SJ (roughing), 7:52; Pavelski, SJ, major (fighting), 7:52; Crombeen, StL (roughing), 7:52; Russell, StL, major (fighting), 7:52; Burns, SJ (roughing), 14:36; Steen, StL (slashing), 18:45.
Third Period—3, St.L, McDonald 1 (Oshie, Pietrangelo), 19:35 (pp). Penalties—Nichol, StL (delay of game), :31; Galiardi, SJ (slashing), 4:36; Galiardi, SJ (charging), 9:50; Langenbrunner, StL (holding), 12:28; Mitchell, SJ (holding), 17:44; Burns, SJ (roughing), 18:36; Backes, StL (roughing), 18:36; Boyle, SJ, double minor (roughing), 19:12. Shots —SJ 10-10-9—29. St.L 9-17-6—32. PP opps—SJ 0 of 4; St.L 1 of 6. Goalies—SJ, Niemi 1-1-0 (32 shots-29 saves). St.L, Halak 1-1-0 (12-12), Elliott (1:07 second, 17-17).
First Period—None. Penalties—Chara, Bos (holding), 1:13; Green, Was (hooking), 9:52; Kelly, Bos (hooking), 12:35.
Second Period—1, Wash, Brouwer 1 (Ovechkin, Alzner), 17:57. Penalties—Hamrlik, Was (cross-checking), 1:54; Marchand, Bos (high-sticking), 11:11.
Third Period—2, Bos, Pouliot 1 (Rolston, Kelly), 12:13. Penalties—None. First Overtime—None. Penalties—None. Second Overtime—3, Wash, Backstrom 1 (Johansson), 2:56. Penalties—None. Shots—Wash 9-7-13-8-2—39. Bos 10-12-8-11-3—44. PP opps—Wash 0 of 3; Bos 0 of 2. Goalies—Wash, Holtby 1-1-0 (44 shots-43 saves). Bos, Thomas 1-1-0 (39-37).