HOCKEY — 23 April 2012

Tonight the favoured New York Rangers are on the brink of elimination at the hands of the eighth-seeded Ottawa Senators.

Not only will the Senators have their fans to root for them tonight, they will also get their captain, Daniel Alfredsson back in the lineup.

Senator’s players understand the weight that is on their shoulders tonight. Forward Jason Spezza said Sunday, “We know we’re going to get their best game. They’re the best team in the East and the hardest game to win is to send a team home. We have to make sure that our focus is there.”

Alfredsson has been out for the last three games with a concussion that was suffered at the elbow of New York’s Carl Hagelin, who will also return tonight following a three-game suspension.

As you would expect, its been difficult for Daniel Alfredsson to watch games 3, 4 and 5 from his couch. At 39 years old, it could be his last go in the post-season; yet he said that he has been able to stay pretty calm. His wife on the other hand, is extremely hard on the refs and in Alfredsson’s words, “Very biased as well.”

During Saturday’s game five, Chris Neal laid out six-foot-seven Rangers forward Brian Boyle but will not face further punishment from the NHL. Boyle suffered a concussion as a result of the play and is not playing in Game 6 tonight.

Tonight’s game will be a physical battle and both teams will desperately looking for a win tonight. Do you think it will go to Game 7? Tell us your predictions on Twitter @EliteSportsBlog

 

 

 

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