Morning Skate: Is that a weenie in your hat?

Morning skate is a feature that will look at the stories developing each day in these 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and a look ahead to the games on the schedule.

There were three game-three’s on the schedule last night and in each case the road team won by a goal.

Rangers 1 Senators 0

Henrik Lundqvist held off the Ottawa Senators, making 39 saves, and Brian Boyle scored the only goal in a 1-0 Rangers win. Lundqvist made his best save on Kyle Turris, point blank and alone in the slot, with less than a minute to go. Despite speculation he could play, Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson sat the game out with concussion symptoms.

Game 4 Wednesday 7:30 EST

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Manic Monday: Recapping the weekend that was

Well kids, I decided to take the weekend off. I’ll probably continue blogging Monday through Friday until the third round when the number of games drops down.

Let’s take a look at what’s transpired in my drunkenness days off.

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Nightly Review: Overtime Heroes and a Game of Zeroes

Rangers 4 Senators 2

Sometimes a timeout can make all the difference. Despite a 1-0 lead in the second period, John Tortorella’s Rangers were being pushed hard by an Ottawa team that had had their number all season. Tortorella called a time out to calm his players and it worked. New York scored the next three goals to establish a 4-0 lead. Ottawa managed to get on the scoreboard with a pair of goals in the third but it was too late.

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Playoff Previews: Rangers vs Senators

1 New York Rangers vs. 8 Ottawa Senators

The New York Rangers are an example of what can happen when a team unites under a coaches system. John Tortorella demands a lot from his players, but he also seems to bring out the best in them. As fiery and passionate as ever, Torts has the Rangers playing their best hockey since 1994, when they last won a Stanley Cup.

It was a different route to the playoffs for the Ottawa Senators. After a dismal season last year, the Sens retooled and despite some ups and downs they consistently held a playoff spot throughout the season. While beating the Rangers is a tall task to be sure, these Sens have shown they can confound the critics and pundits alike.

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