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.

Stick with SBNation.com for full Rangers vs. Senators series coverage. For more on the Rangers, check out Blueshirt Banter. For updates on the Senators, visit Silver Seven.

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