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

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

New York, which trailed for only 4:11 in the first four games of the series, then grabbed hold of another lead with two goals in 66 seconds.

Former Rangers forward Derick Brassard sent the game into OT with a late-game goal to tie it up while Tom Pyatt, Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone were also able to beat NY goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

This applies mostly to the Senators for the remainder of the second round, but if NY is able to play its game - as in, bank on its scoring prowess more than anything - as it did in Game 3 and again on Thursday, Ottawa is in serious trouble.

Ottawa pulled to 2-1 just 50 seconds after Holden's goal as Lundqvist stopped the first attempt by Chris Wideman, but couldn't get in front of Stone's backhand rebound shot, which just crept across the goal line.

Kyle Turris scored the victor at 6:28 of overtime to deliver a 5-4 comeback victory, giving Ottawa a 3-2 series lead. "From doing that, I think we've been able to get some more pucks back and spend a longer time in their zone".

In overtime, the Senators owned the puck as the Rangers were held without a single shot while Ottawa fired off six shots on Henrik Lundqvist before Turris finally snuck one between his five-hole. Each team got goals in the third period, courtesy of New York's Jimmy Vesey and Ottawa's Derick Brasard. Condon finished with nine stops.

Their struggles against heavy hitting teams are quite ironic, considering they averaged the fourth most hits per game in the league (25.8).

First, they dropped a 5-1 decision to the Minnesota Wild on March 30 at the Xcel Energy Center and then were beaten 4-2 by the Winnipeg Jets on April 1. "Had their fans and the momentum".

"Us as (defencemen) have to do a better job of getting pucks through", he said.

And while he played only five shifts and 2:26 of just his second game since February 26, he did the opposite of leaving the Senators short-handed. The first came on two fine feeds from Erik Karlsson and Clarke MacArthur at 8:17, the latter a fake shot sent cross-ice to Hoffman who buried the shot past Lundqvist.

Coach Guy Boucher sat Craig Anderson and put in back-up goalie Mike Condon.

"We've talked about not sabotaging ourselves and we were on our way to do that again", Boucher said the 5-4 Game 5 win. "Jesus. Just looking at the both of us, we started when we were kids, back at the (Bob) Guertin".

Karlsson left Thursday's Senators loss with a lower-body injury after he collided with Rangers forward Chris Kreider.

ABOUT THE RANGERS: All four lines produced goals for NY in Game 3 and its depth was a decisive factor in Game 4, with Oscar Lindberg scoring twice and bruising forward Tanner Glass collecting a pair of assists. Tanner Glass recorded two assists, and the triumvirate of Kevin Hayes, J.T. Miller and Michael Grabner each had an assist. "They are not exactly playmaking assists".

Vigneault later added NY has "to win tomorrow", while noting the Rangers "understand what we have to do against (the Senators) to be successful". It's nothing magical. We just have to play our game. "If you expect to win you're going to need contributions from your whole team and we definitely got that tonight".

Scrums at the end of one-sided games, such as the Rangers' 4-1 triumph Thursday night, generally do not have much of an impact on the remainder of the series.

The Rangers have also won four straight on home ice dating back the their opening round series with the Montreal Canadiens, including the series clinching Game 6.

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