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Credit the Ottawa Senators with an absolutely heroic effort.
Trailing 2-1 in an elimination game, the Senators played a spectacular third period at Madison Square Garden.
An eighth-place team that was out of the playoffs a year ago can hold its head high.
Are the Senators and Panthers inspiration for the Canadiens?
Let’s hope so.
It was a spectacularly entertaining game.
Full credit to the Senators. They gave the Rangers a ferocious battle.
And for the first time since 1996, the second round of the playoffs will have ZERO Canadian-based teams.
The Rangers will play Washington in the semi-final round.