April 25, 2012 12:00 AM
" The Rangers seem to be under the impression that the powers that be in the NHL are rooting for them to lose.
Henrik Lundqvist, who was nominated for the Vezina Trophy on Wednesday, suggested as much after referees upheld the final goal in Game Six when it looked for all the world like Chris Neil kicked the puck into the net.
Neil is at the center of some other controversy thanks to his totally unpenalized pulverizing of Brian Boyle in Game Five and his post-Game Six threat to aim for Michael Del Zotto's head as soon as possible.
Throw in the league's decision not to discipline Milan Michalek for kicking Dan Girardi during that final goal scrum and you've got plenty of ammunition for the notion that the league is favoring the Senators.
That's a fine thing to think about during the dead hours between games or when you want to build up some bile during the game, but it's all pretty much just window-dressing. The final result of this series isn't going to have anything to do with the league's disciplinary decisions "
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