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Rangers top Senators 4-1, tie series 2-2

09 May 2017, 03:31 | Marlene Fleming

Rangers top Senators 4-1, tie series 2-2

Rangers top Senators 4-1, tie series 2-2

Washington's comeback didn't quite have the drama as Saturday's first game as the Senators grabbed a 3-2 series lead on the Rangers with a 5-4 overtime victory in Ottawa.

Turris then knocked in the rebound of his own shot through Lundqvist's five-hole to win it for the Senators.

Lundqvist has stopped 48 of his past 50 shots after allowing six goals in the Senators' double-overtime win in Game 2. "Top players make other people better and I said it's no different than Phil Kessel being on [Pittsburgh's] third line previous year, that had a lot of impact for the Penguins. I think that's our strength, been our strength whole year, and we've got to keep that going moving forward".

It's hard to pin down where specifically the Ottawa Senators need to improve in order to get one back at Madison Square Garden tonight.

"There's no doubt we played a strong game", NY coach Alain Vigneault said. “Theyre a great team but we cant give them freebies (early in the game).

Zuccarello got the crowd fired up when he got the Rangers on the scoreboard 5:31 into the game.

Grabner made it 2-0 with 6:36 left in the opening period. His second goal came at the 15:54 mark. He then came out and put in a wraparound before Anderson could recover. We did a lot of good things. Ottawa's play in NY showcased poor starts and a lack of help for goaltender Craig Anderson, who was pulled after the second period to get some rest, according to head coach Guy Boucher. He tangled with Rangers forward J.T. Miller late in the second period and Boucher said he was able to come back to the game but they felt it was better to sit him out. "They were ready, they were hungry, they were desperate and we didn't match that at all, that's it". Now they're one game away from going home. Imagine, playing Brady Skjei and Brendan Smith more and Marc Staal and Nick Holden less had a beneficial effect on the score and opposing shot quality. The Senators had a 12-9 advantage on shots in the middle period but fell further behind.

The Rangers scored goals 66 seconds apart on their third and fourth shots of the game to get the early lead. Obviously this hasn't changed from Game 1, but the more you play with an injury, the more your wear yourself down.

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"We have to start the same time as them, that's it", Boucher said. First is that captain Erik Karlsson did not play the third period.

Nationals slugger Bryce Harper left Thursday's 4-2 win over Arizona after hurting his left groin and is day to day, according to Washington manager Dusty Baker.

Then, at 15:54, Lindberg floated a shot from the left wing that somehow eluded Anderson after a strong forecheck by Glass and J.T. Miller to give NY a three-goal advantage.

"To be able to stand up and say we're not going to take it and we're going to give it back sends a big message". Ariya beat Amy Anderson 5 and 4, and Moriya topped Alena Sharp 2 and 1.

Pageau then spoiled Lundqvist's shutout bid just 32 seconds later as he got a backhanded pass from Bobby Ryan from behind the net and scored his sixth of the postseason. "Jesus. Just looking at the both of us, we started when we were kids, back at the (Bob) Guertin".

While Fleury struggled for the first time against the Capitals, Vezina Trophy finalist Braden Holtby had his best game of the series, stopping 20 shots.

The momentum may be with the Rangers at the moment but the momentum was with Ottawa after game two.

Having lost the first two games of the series the Rangers knew they had to win four of the next five games to advance. Senators D Fredrik Claesson was re-inserted into the lineup, replacing rookie D Ben Harpur, who has been in eight playoff games this spring.



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