It seemed like Zack Smith wouldn’t be able to suit up for the Ottawa Senators in Game 4 on Thursday, but that game-time decision went the other way, as he’ll indeed be in.
Smith will take on the New York Rangers while Tommy Wingels is the healthy scratch.
Bobby Ryan was another guy who seemed like a bit of a toss-up, as he was hurt in the same painful loss as Smith. He’s gutting it out, too, as the Senators aim to take a 3-1 series lead against the Rangers.
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J.G. Pageau basically won the Ottawa Senators Game 2 with his four-goal outburst.
He stayed hot on Tuesday, too, scoring what looks to be the Senators’ only tally against the New York Rangers. That’s not the sort of production anyone was expecting from the pest.
Even so, Bobby Ryan‘s been every bit as much of a star for the Sens, making his potential injury a serious concern. Without further information, Ottawa fans should try to forget everything about tonight (injury worries included) and just watch Ryan’s patently ridiculous setup to Pageau in an endless loop.
Really, if you’re bored, you might as well watch that a bunch even if you’re not a Senators fan. It was just absurd.
Ryan could be injured
Tough night for Ottawa in 4-1 loss
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.