NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Chris Neil #25 of the Ottawa Senators scores the overtime winning goal at 1:17 of overtime against the New York Rangers and is joined by Zack Smith #15 and Colin Greening #14 in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 14, 2012 in New York City. The Senators defeated the Rangers 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Senators Vs. Rangers, Game 2: Chris Neil Scores In Overtime, Ties Series At 1-1

Chris Neil made overtime a quick affair, scoring early to give the Sens the win and tie the series.

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Rangers Vs. Senators, Game 2: Ottawa Puts On The Foil, Gets Rewarded

Welcome to NHL playoff hockey: The Senators dressed their thugs, jumped the Rangers in the opening minutes -- and got away with it, getting Brandon Dubinsky ejected and winning Game 2 in overtime.

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Senators Vs. Rangers, NHL Playoffs Game 2: Chris Neil The Hero As Ottawa Wins In Overtime

Chris Neil was the unlikely hero for the Ottawa Senators in overtime as he picked up a loose puck in front of the net and threw a backhanded shot past New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. The goal gave the Sens a 3-2 victory in Game 2 and leveled the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series between the clubs at one game apiece.

It was a brutally physical affair highlighted by two awful penalties. Shortly after the opening draw, Senators tough guy Matt Carkner was kicked out of the game for sucker punching Rangers forward Brian Boyle in the face. Boyle remained in the game and even scored a goal, but Brandon Dubinsky, an important centerman in coach John Tortorella's arsenal, was kicked out of the game as part of the Carkner incident.

In the third period, the Sens lost captain Daniel Alfredsson after Carl Hagelin delivered a dirty elbow to his head. He did not return to the game and his status is unknown for Game 3 and beyond.

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Rangers Vs. Senators, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 2: Nick Foligno's Late Goal Sends Game To Overtime

Going down 2-0 in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series to the New York Rangers would be a tough hole for the Ottawa Senators to climb out of, but Nick Foligno's late third period goal gave the East's No. 7 seed a bit of hope in Game 2.

Foligno was left alone in front of the net, where a slow rolling puck must have looked like a beach ball. Henrik Lundqvist could do nothing as his defensemen stared and watched Foligno deposit the puck into the back of the net.

The teams head to overtime tied at two goals apiece, but the Senators will have to get by without captain Daniel Alfredsson, who left the game with what's presumed to be a head injury after taking an elbow from Rangers forward Carl Hagelin.

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Daniel Alfredsson Injury: Senators Captain Leaves Game After Carl Hagelin Hit

Daniel Alfredsson took a nasty hit to the head from Carl Hagelin and left Game 2 between the Senators and Rangers.

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Rangers Vs. Senators, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 2: Erik Karlsson Ties Score On 5-Minute Power Play

Physical play again dominated the second period of Game 2 between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators. The teams have combined for 54 penalty minutes in the first 40 minutes of the game, and each team has had the luxury of a long five-minute power play as a result of a major penalty.

The Rangers weren't able to capitalize on their chance in the first period, but in desperate need of a goal in the second, the Senators cashed in when Erik Karlsson put the puck on goal.

Karlsson's had a rough go of things in Game 2 as the Rangers have looked to inflict physical harm on him all game long. They're clearly getting the youngster off his game a bit, but the admittedly fluky goal off the skate of defenseman Michael Del Zotto might do a bit to help his confidence.

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Rangers Vs. Senators, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 2: Dirty Play Highlights First Period

The Ottawa Senators came to Madison Square Garden Saturday night with a message to send. The top-seeded New York Rangers beat them out of the building in Game 1 on Thursday, and the Sens wanted New York to know they were there to make this a series.

It all started off according to plan ... well, sort of. Matt Carkner and Chris Neil made Brian Boyle answer for a few hits that didn't please Ottawa in Game 1 but, despite the energy that clearly permeated the Sens game afterward, they couldn't turn it into a number on the scoreboard.

The Rangers made them pay for that. On a power play at the 10:11 mark of the first, Anton Stralman put New York up 1-0.

It was a weak goal that just snuck through goaltender Craig Anderson, but it counts just the same. Ottawa looks better than they did in Game 1, but they don't have anything to show for it just yet.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Rangers Vs. Senators Game 2: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The top-seeded Rangers didn't struggle against Ottawa in the first game of their series, but Ottawa will look to even the score in Saturday's Game 2.

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