11:18 am Apr. 19, 2012
Wayne Gretzky, the best passer in the history of hockey, used to say that you don't pass the puck to where someone is, but where someone is going to be.
The turning point of last night's Rangers game came in the second period. New York had gotten out to a 2-0 lead on two power-play goals in the first period and appeared to be cruising to a three-games-to-one series lead over the Ottawa Senators.
Ottawa's Matt Carkner, the bully of Game Two, who attacked Brian Boyle and then was suspended for Game Three, was whistled for hooking. The Senators successfully killed the power play. And then, as the penalty expired, Ottawa's Jason Spezza looked up, saw that Carkner was stepping out of the penalty box, and sent the puck to his doorstep.
Carkner took the pass, skated into the Rangers' zone and passed the puck to Milan Michalek, one of the Senators' leading scorers during the season who had yet to get a goal in three-plus games against the Rangers. Michalek made the shot, and the comeback was on.
Kyle Turris, the goat of Game Three for missing a glorious chance to tie Game Three for Ottawa on Monday night, exorcised his scoring demons as well, netting the game-winning goal in overtime.