Ottawa’s Chris Neil (left) is deeply involved in teammate Jason Spezza’s controversial last-minute goal for the Senators that had New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist steaming mad.
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The Ottawa Senators could have finished off the New York Rangers on Monday in fairytale fashion, the East’s No. 8 seed toppling No. 1.
But the Rangers fought back from a 1-0 deficit to score three second-period goals, two on the power-play, then hung on to defeat their hosts 3-2 and send the quarterfinal to a seventh and deciding game Thursday back at Madison Square Garden.
• In Chicago, Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith made 39 saves to blank the Blackhawks 4-0 – on Chicago netminding legend Tony Esposito’s 69th birthday, no less – and eliminate the Blackhawks in six games.
• TUESDAY NIGHT: Florida can finish off the Devils in New Jersey.