Senators Vs. Rangers, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 6: New York Trails 1-0 After 1st Period

The New York Rangers appeared destined for a storybook year and a serious run at the Stanley Cup for most of the 2011-12 NHL season. Those hopes are all on the verge of crashing down on Monday, as the Rangers are down three games to two and facing elimination by the hometown Ottawa Senators. Entering the first intermission, the Rangers trail 1-0.

The Sens wasted little time in opening the scoring, as Chris Neil netted a power play goal at 7:05 in the first period.

There is certainly no shortage of emotion in the game. In the last five minutes of the period, there was a lengthy fight between Neil and Brandon Prust.

While the Rangers still have plenty of time to regroup and pull off the win to force a Game 7, they will need to pull out all the stops if they hope to defeat the surprising No. 8 seed Senators.

For all news and information regarding the New York Rangers, please visit Blueshirt Banter. For updates and perspective on the Ottawa Senators, head on over to Silver Seven. For complete coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub.

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