Chris Neil's power-play goal at the 7:05 mark of the first period gave the Ottawa Senators a 1-0 lead over the New York Rangers in Game 6 at Scotiabank Place. That's the score as we hit the first intermission, and there's no doubt that the crowd gathered just outside Canada's capital city can smell blood in the water after 20 minutes of hockey. John Tortorella might sense impending doom as well.
Sergei Gonchar's point blast found its way to the back of the net thanks to a pair of screens on goaltender Henrik Lundqvist via Zack Smith and Neil. Neil has been a force all series long for the Sens, and he's frustrated New York with a healthy dose of offense and physical play. When he wasn't deflecting pucks into the net, Neil spent his 3:44 of ice time in the first period getting under the skin of several members of the New York Rangers.
In fact, Neil came to blows with Brandon Prust with 4:50 left in the period, and the fight -- a convincing win for Neil -- only got the Scotiabank Place crowd revved up further.
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