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Clarke MacArthur of Senators will face Rangers in Game 3

Forward 'ready to go' after recovering from upper-body injury

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Left wing Clarke MacArthur will be in the lineup when the Ottawa Senators play the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

MacArthur, who left Game 2 after two shifts in the second period with an upper-body injury, skated with center Derick Brassard and right wing Bobby Ryan for the second straight day. MacArthur has two goals in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"I feel good and I'm ready to go," MacArthur said. "I have no problems right now, until the next big hit."

 

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The Senators lead the best-of-7 series 2-0 after defeating the Rangers 6-5 in double overtime on Saturday.

"We're going to see their best in the first 5-10 minutes, for sure," MacArthur said. "They came out hard in Game 2 as well but it didn't work out. But we're going to have to be good defensively, get the pucks out, and be good at our blue line and their blue line. They have a ton of speed and they showed it last game, so we have to be aware of that."

Defenseman Erik Karlsson also skated after taking a maintenance day Monday. 

"We're going to try and do the best we can to have the best game we've had in the series," Karlsson said. "We have to be mentally and physically focused right from the start. Whether we're playing at home or on the road, our game doesn't change. We know what we have to do to be successful."

Video: The Rangers sink in the final minutes in Game 2

Coach Guy Boucher, who will use the same lineup from Game 2, was asked if needs to manage Karlsson's minutes. The Senators captain played 37:32 on Saturday and has averaged an NHL-high 31:06 through eight postseason games.

"There were a few instances where he played more and some we pulled back and he averaged 24 or 25 minutes," Boucher said. "The thing is we just don't have him practice, so rest is a weapon. To be honest I don't think he needs to practice, and I don't think I've ever said that about anybody but that's the truth. 

"Don't tell him I said that, but the reality is whether he practices or not makes no difference in his game or his efficiency and I don't think I've ever seen that in my life."

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