OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher is matching lines and one-liners with New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault in their Eastern Conference Second Round series, which the Senators lead 2-0.
After Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau, known for his defense rather than scoring skills, had four goals, including in the second overtime in Game 2 on Saturday to give Ottawa a 6-5 win, Vigneault said he might have to "put a checker on their checker."
Boucher responded on Sunday.
"That was a good one, a funny one. I guess we're going to play a checking game now. I'm going to check his checkers and he'll check my checkers. I guess it won't be a chess match then. It'll be a checkers match."
Game 3 is in New York on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).
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Boucher said he would have to check on the status of forward Clarke MacArthur before knowing if Ottawa would use the same lineup that has won three games in a row (including Game 6 against the Boston Bruins in the first round).
MacArthur left Game 2 after two shifts in the second period. MacArthur said his injury is not related to the four concussions in 18 months that kept him out of the lineup for almost two seasons. Boucher said MacArthur was feeling better on Sunday and was travelling with the team to New York for Game 3 and 4 and expected him to skate Monday.
If MacArthur can't play, Tom Pyatt likely will take his place. Pyatt sustained multiple injuries early in Game 4 against the Bruins and has missed the past four games.
"If we need to change something, Pyatt is ready and he's been an important part of our team," Boucher said. "He brings speed and he was actually one of our best players against the Rangers during the season. He's a great penalty killer, he's really fast and he plays great with Pageau and (Mike) Hoffman. That's a possibility, but we'll see. I want to make sure I know exactly what's going on with all the guys."
Boucher said he expected the intensity of the series to change when it shifts to Madison Square Garden.
"It's not like the other series where they won the two games on the road and they're coming home," Boucher said. "We won at home, the games that we have to win at home, and now we're going to play in their barn. We enjoy playing there. I think we did well there, but at the same time we know the kind of urgency they are going to bring to the table for their next game."