Turris' OT goal gives Senators 3-2 series lead over Rangers

  • Turris' OT goal gives Senators 3-2 series lead over Rangers

Turris' OT goal gives Senators 3-2 series lead over Rangers

That's all it is. "Game 3 was good, but Game 3 is gone and past now".

Behind eight goals in two games and stellar goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers have drawn level at 2-2 with the Senators after a 4-1 win in game four. We saw that once again following the Senators' trio of goals, as Ryan McDonagh and Jimmy Vesey scored to give the Rangers a 4-3 lead with about seven minutes remaining. It was the first of three unanswered goals for Ottawa, which tied it on Mike Hoffman's third of the playoffs and then went in front on the first by fourth line forward Tom Pyatt. When a player in his prime is playing like Karlsson is playing, being able to get him on the ice for that amount of time is a huge benefit to any team, and the Senators have been reaping the rewards.

Near the end of the period, Lindberg came back for more with a real gut-wrenching goal that eluded Senators goalie Craig Anderson. He added Karlsson should be healthy enough to play in Game 5 on Saturday afternoon. If the Rangers can continue to pressure Karlsson, they'll walk away with a game five victory.

Game 6 is Tuesday night in NY. NY is coming off a pair of impressive 4-1 victories at Madison Square Garden to even the best-of-seven series at two games apiece.

"There's definitely an area, as far as structure-wise, that I thought we had addressed", coach Alain Vigneault said of the game-tying play.

Oscar Lindberg, Rangers - Lindberg's pair of second-period goals effectively crushed the Sens' spirits. Holden caught a pass from Kevin Hayes to score his first playoff goal of the season, and the fourth of his career.

The Senators tied at 8:17 of the second on two fine feeds from Karlsson and MacArthur, the latter a fake shot sent cross-ice to Hoffman who buried the shot past Lundqvist.

NOTES: Through four games, the Rangers have led for 149:56, have been tied for 108:47 and have trailed for 4:11. After collecting the loose puck along the boards, J.T. Miller passed to Lindberg, who rifled a shot from the point past Anderson to make it 3-0. Tonight was one of those nights where pucks were going tape-to-tape and we were getting behind the D. The forwards did a great job of working the defensemen down low. Condon performed admirably, stopping nine shots and allowing only Kreider's power-play putback of Ryan McDonagh's shot at 10:45. So let's mostly dispense with a game recap and just show a pair of highlights, two truly handsome assists not done justice by the box score. It was Ottawa's fifth overtime win of the postseason, including a double-overtime victory here against the Rangers in Game 2.

The Rangers have outshot, out-chanced and outworked the Senators in the past two games.

NOTES: The home team has won all four games.

Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin scored 27 seconds apart in the third period as the Washington Capitals avoided elimination by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 in Game 5 on Saturday night. It was the second of the postseason for the Rangers captain. In their opening round series against the Boston Bruins, only TVA and RDS (two French-Canadian television networks) considered the Senators favorites.

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