NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Milan Michalek #9 of the Ottawa Senators skates with the puck behind the net against Carl Hagelin #62 of the New York Rangers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

New York Rangers Vs. Ottawa Senators, NHL Playoffs 2012: Complete Series Coverage

The New York Rangers took a 1-0 series lead in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Thursday night, defeating Ottawa 4-2. More: Game 1 coverage

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Senators Vs. Rangers, Game 6: A Rivalry, And A Game 7, Are Born

Injured stars, bitter wars of words, paranoia about the officiating: The Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers have set up an ideal Game 7.

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Carl Hagelin Suspended 3 Games For Elbow On Daniel Alfredsson

Carl Hagelin will miss Games 3, 4 and 5 of the New York Rangers series against the Ottawa Senators after his brutal elbow to the head of Daniel Alfredsson during Game 2. Brendan Shanahan of the NHL's Department of Player Safety made the decision on Sunday, and he announced it via a video on the league's website.

"It is important to note that Alfredsson suffered an injury on this play," Shanahan said. That's been the standard to which they've decided suspensions in these playoffs, and it's likely why Hagelin will miss time. Alfredsson's status is unknown for Game 3 at Scotiabank Place on Monday.

Hagelin's a vital player for the Rangers, and his absence from the lineup wil no doubt hurt their chances now that the series moves to Ottawa tied at a game apiece. Of course, you won't hear much remorse from Senators fans, who lost their captain as a result of this hit. New York could opt to put rookie Chris Kreider in the lineup for his NHL debut to replace Hagelin.

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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Chris Kreider, New York Rangers Agree To Contract; Boston College Star Eligible For NHL Playoffs

Chris Kreider will join the New York Rangers. The Boston College Eagles star reportedly signed an entry-level deal with the team on Tuesday. He'll join the team and will be eligible for the playoffs.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012, Rangers Vs. Senators Preview: Wade Redden's About All They Have In Common

The Ottawa Senators are an impressive surprise under coach Paul MacLean, but the New York Rangers should be too much for them in the first round.

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Ottawa Senators Must Rely On Craig Anderson

If the Ottawa Senators expect to advance beyond the first round in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, they'll need to rely on goaltender Craig Anderson.

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