Last spring, the Rangers and Senators played a grueling seven game series that at times got pretty nasty with Carl Hagelin injuring Daniel Alfredsson with a hit from behind and Chris Neil concussing Brian Boyle with a hit to the head.
Another hit that may still have repercussions is when Michael Del Zotto caught Neil with his head down behind the net in Game 4 and dropped him like a sack of potatoes…
Here's Neil's quote after that game…
"I'm sure I'll catch him (Del Zotto) with his head down one of these times."
…Del Zotto better have his head up at all times tonight, because even with all this time in between games, I very much doubt Neil has forgotten that hit.
…man, I forgot how much I despised Neil during that series. It was almost at Brodeur levels of hatred.
…wonder if seeing the Senators again will spark the Rangers a bit tonight. That was a hard fought series and the Rangers need something, anything, to get their battle level back to where it needs to be. Either way, Mashinter and Asham better be ready to keep the peace because old wounds may reopen.