NHL Playoffs 2012: What New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators Series Has Shown Us

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NHL Playoffs 2012: What New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators Series Has Shown Us
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The New York Rangers and the Ottawa Senators met four times during the regular season and defeated the Rangers in three out of the four outings, proving that despite the wide placement in the standings, the No. 8 Senators were a tough opponent for the No. 1 Blueshirts.

All things go out the window though in the postseason because it is essentially a whole new game from the regular season.

This couldn't be more true of this series thus far because it has been anything but ordinary.

Usually it takes about two to three games for each team to get a handle on the other, but this series started out with a bang and has only gotten more and more intense from that point on.

In the home opener of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals between the Rangers and Senators on Thursday April 12, the Rangers dominated against the Senators, defeating them 4-2 with goals scored by three out of their four lines.

Since that point on, Ottawa has obviously stepped up their game (as was to be expected from the club), but we have since learned a lot about the two teams from the style of play in the first three games.

Let's take a closer look at what exactly has emerged about this fiery matchup going into game four on Wednesday night.

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