An interesting theme so far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs have been the number of games that have gone into an extra period.
The number is currently seven after three more overtime games on Saturday. Washington beat Boston 2-1 on an overtime winner by Nicklas Backstrom yesterday afternoon. Then last night, Chris Neil scored the overtime winner for the Senators in a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers and then Bryan Bickell scored the overtime winner (his first of two on the night) in a 4-3 Chicago win over Phoenix.
The Sens/Rangers series is definitely starting to heat up. Last night at Madison Square Garden, Senators defenceman Matt Carkner went after Rangers’ Brian Boyle and basically showed him who is boss by delivering a dozen consecutive punches at his face after Boyle checked Zack Smith. The altercation was payback for the Senators because in Game 1 Boyle had gone after and attacked Norris Trophy favourite Erik Karlsson. Carkner, and Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky got game misconducts from the altercation. Dubinsky was ejected for being the third man in.
All the series mentioned are 1-1. St. Louis also tied their series with San Jose following a 3-0 win over the Sharks.
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