The biggest early buzz at Canadian Tire Centre came when Chris Neil stepped onto the ice for the first time this post-season.
If the Rangers are unable to come back and win the final two games of the series, they'll look back at their blown opportunities. Of paramount concern for Ottawa is that it did not handle the Rangers' strong surge in the first period, negating any possible carryover of momentum from Saturday's wild 6-5 double-overtime victory in which the Senators erased three two-goal deficits, including one in the final minutes of regulation. I was just excited for that moment. "To be fair, it's been a long, long time since we played a bad game", Boucher said.
The Senators had a couple terrific chances to pull ahead once more in the opening minutes of the third, but Bobby Ryan was stopped on a partial break and Jean-Gabriel Pageau shot wide when he got a step on the Rangers defense.
"I thought it was a real team effort", said Boucher. "I was on crutches the day between games. I guess that was our horse tonight", he said. "We're going to try to take advantage of it".
Senators goalie Craig Anderson was lifted from the game after two periods of play, replaced by Mike Condon after surrendering three goals on 20 shots. It truly does suck that inept personnel decisions have put them in a 3-2 series hole, but there's still two games left to get this done. But at the same time we don't need to do it on goal for them to get the looks that they got the last game. "We were playing a real solid second half of the game there".
Ottawa returned with more intensity in the second period, getting the first three shots of the period.
Zuccarello got the crowd fired up when he got NY on the scoreboard 5:31 into the game.
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.
Michael Grabner appeared to win it for the Rangers less than 5 minutes into overtime, but it was disallowed because his redirection came on a high-stick. The Rangers had it reviewed for an offside but the goal counted. In addition to the OT victor, Turris also had nine hits, nine shot attempts, and won 65 per cent of his 23 draws in nearly 25 minutes. They can have a guy like Glass running around all he wants, but we're physically not going to back down. "Whenever we got chances, we didn't capitalize".
"I read high and he didn't go high", said Lundqvist. McDonagh tied it for the Rangers late in the second and Vesey gave them the lead with 7:12 remaining in the third when he pounced on a rebound of Brady Skjei's shot. The next night in Ottawa, the club scored a 2-0 victory with Karlsson in the lineup before leaving midway through the third period after he reinjured his foot. "That's been our strength this whole year, that we have four lines and anyone can play against anyone, anyone can do well and score goals", forward Mats Zuccarello told reporters.
"We're not kidding ourselves", Boucher said. We should have won this game.
NOTES: The Senators sat LW Ryan Dzingel to get RW Chris Neil into just his second game since February 26.
Through most of these playoffs, Karlsson has taken his game to another level. It still holds a positive goal differential for the series. They were his second and third points of this series.
The question now: Can he help the Senators save their season?
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