The Ottawa Senators look like they might be headed to their first loss of their second-round series against the New York Rangers. Tuesday’s Game 3 might be costly for reasons beyond that.
One we know for sure: Zack Smith will not return to the contest because of an upper-body injury. As you can see from the video above, Smith was shaken up by a big hit via J.T. Miller.
Maybe of more concern is that Bobby Ryan left the ice with a possible injury. He’s been huge for the Senators this postseason after a rocky 2016-17 campaign, so losing Ryan could be a big blow.
Ryan’s fantastic assist.
Rangers end up winning 4-1.
The Ottawa Senators looked to be in complete control against the Boston Bruins on Monday night, racing out a three-goal lead early in the third period before letting it slip away.
But thanks to Bobby Ryan‘s overtime goal 5:43 into the extra period, the Senators were able to escape with a 4-3 overtime win to take a 2-1 series lead.
The fact that Ryan scored the goal will be a little controversial in Boston for sure.
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Ryan’s goal came on a power play after he was hit in the face by Bruins forward Riley Nash, resulting in Nash getting a two-minute for roughing. Just prior to Nash’s jab at Ryan’s face, Ryan appeared to catch Nash with a direct hit to the head that went uncalled.
It did not take long for Ryan to score the goal shown in the video above.
Along with Ryan’s goal, the big stars for Ottawa on Monday were once again defenseman Erik Karlsson and forward Mike Hoffman. Hoffman scored a pair of goals while Karlsson recorded a pair of helpers, while the two teamed up for an absolutely sensational goal in the first period to open the scoring.
It’s a mixture of bad and good news for the Boston Bruins early on in Game 1.
Let’s front-load this with the positive: they’re currently only trailing the Ottawa Senators 1-0 and Colin Miller might be OK.
Update: While Miller returned to the game, he might still be injured after testing out his leg(s). Not ideal.
Otherwise, it gets a little bumpy. The Senators are dominating the play in the second period, and Miller is still someone to watch health-wise after a knee-to-knee hit by Mark Borowiecki. They were already dealing with bad injury news from Wednesday alone, as David Krejci‘s upper-body issues kept him from playing in Game 1.
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They also might be dealing with a resurgent Bobby Ryan. The oft-criticized (in some circles) forward has dealt with injuries and inconsistency through much of 2016-17, but he provided this spell-binding goal, so far the only tally between the two teams:
Wow. If Ryan really asserts himself and the Bruins continue to suffer bumps and bruises, this series might not look a lot better for Boston than the regular season, when Ottawa enjoyed a sweep.
The first few notes of this post are worth remembering, too, though: it’s early and the score is merely 1-0 as of this writing.
Some good news for Ottawa on Tuesday, one day after losing Mark Stone week-to-week with a lower-body ailment.
Bobby Ryan, who’s been out since Feb. 18 with a broken finger, will make his return to the lineup tonight when the Sens host Tampa Bay. Ryan’s missed the last 11 games with the injury, and his comeback with coincide with that of Kyle Turris, who also draws back in this evening after missing the last three games from a finger injury of his own.
Ryan will play alongside center Derick Brassard and trade deadline pickup Alex Burrows on the second line. Turris will play No. 1 center minutes between Zack Smith and Ryan Dzingel.
It’ll be interesting to see if Ryan can get his offensive game on track. A three-time 30-goal scorer, he’s only found the back of the net 12 times in 50 games this year, putting him on pace for just 16.
The Ottawa Senators have a chance to move into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division on Sunday evening if they can beat the Winnipeg Jets.
If they are going to do it they will have to do so without the services of forward Bobby Ryan.
The team announced on Sunday afternoon, less than three hours before puck drop against the Jets, that Ryan is going to be sidelined indefinitely due to a hand injury pending further evaluation.
The team says Ryan was injured in the third period of Saturday’s win over Toronto when he was hit in the hand by a puck.
In 50 games this season Ryan has 12 goals and 12 assists. He has been going through a bit of a scoring slump in recent weeks with only three points in his past eight games. He has also registered just 14 shots on goal during that stretch, including a pair of games where he failed to register even one.
The Senators enter play on Saturday just two points behind Montreal in the Atlantic Division. A win over the Jets would move them into a tie and, for the time being, give them the tiebreaker edge due to having played in fewer games.