Individually, it’s who can I play with that’s going to make me the best player? said Shattenkirk. I think I have the opportunity to play here with Ryan McDonagh, who is an All Star defenseman and a great fit for me. I think we’ve played together since 17 or 18 years old, we’ve had a few experiences (with Team USA). I really couldn’t find a better situation than here.
McDonagh, the Rangers’ captain, and Shattenkirk were teammates for several major tournaments including the 2014 Winter Olympics, 2009 World Junior Championships and 2007 World Under 18 championships.
Of course, the exclamation point on Shattenkirk’s decision is the chance to play for the team he has always loved.
I didn’t realize until after I signed just how many Rangers fans there are, stated Shattenkirk. I am really excited to be a part of this.
Ottawa had an answer for both.
Mark Stone’s second-period marker came 20 seconds after Kunitz broke the ice. Then it was Ryan Dzingel, without a goal in nearly a month, who scored with 5:19 to play.
In overtime, where the Sens made a living with a 6-1 record these playoffs, Craig Anderson was as stellar as he’s been during their run. The veteran netminder twice turned aside prime chances from Phil Kessel, the first on a breakaway and the second clanking off the post and just over the crossbar.
Kunitz, whose last goal came Feb. 16, 35 games ago, got the game winner on a slap shot from the top of the faceoff circle that made it past two Sens defenders and over the right shoulder of Anderson, who stopped 39 of Pittsburgh’s 42 shots on goal.