OTTAWA, CANADA - APRIL 18: Anton Stralman #32 of the New York Rangers (not pictured) shoots the puck past Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators to score in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scotiabank Place on April 18, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Discuss: Senators shake off early deficit, win 3-2 in OT


Even without Daniel Alfredsson and down 2-0 early in the first period, the Ottawa Senators wouldn’t give up. They battled back and eventually won the game 3-2 in overtime. The series is now tied at 2-2 and while the New York Rangers still have the home ice advantage, Ottawa has already exceeded many analysts expectations.

Can they actually overcome the top seeded New York Rangers or are they just giving us a good show before their eventual fall?

Here’s a few notes that might interest you:

  • Ottawa’s Jesse Winchester suffered an upper body injury and was limited to 5:44 minutes of ice time as a result.
  • The Senators had 34 attempted shots in the first period, but only 12 were actual shots on goal and none of them found the back of the net.
  • Ottawa got a scare late in the second period when Jason Spezza briefly left the game after being hit in the head (Spezza was hunched over prior to the hit, so his head was around waist level). Fortunately for Ottawa, he returned for the third period.
  • The New York Rangers haven’t won an overtime game since April 29, 2007.

Report: Islanders cut first-rounder Barzal from camp

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It seems Mathew Barzal has played in his last game in a New York Islanders’ uniform for a little while.

Barzal took part in the Islanders’ preseason finale against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, but after that contest the Islanders decided to return him to WHL Seattle, per Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

He was taken with the 16th overall pick in 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That selection was well-traveled as it originally belonged to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but was involved in the David Perron trade and then moved to the Islanders as part of Edmonton’s deal to get Griffin Reinhart.

Barzal is noteworthy for his skill and speed, but he may have slipped in the draft due to a knee injury he sustained during the 2014-15 campaign.

The Islanders also reassigned Kirill Petrov, Kevin Czuczman, Scott Mayfield, and Adam Pelech to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

Torres hit

What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. While Torres is not considered a repeat offender as his last suspension came more than 18 months ago, the NHL still retains the right to consider his history when deciding on this matter.

Among other incidents, he was once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.