8 tweets define Game 4 stinker between Sens, Rangers

Ross Houston
May 6, 2017

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. The team goes as he does, so if he can't keep up his spectacular play from earlier in the playoffs, the Rangers will be the ones advancing to Round 3.

Mats Zuccarello and Michael Grabner scored first-period goals as the Rangers dominated Ottawa 4-1 on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden to cut the Senators' lead in the best-of-seven series to 2-1. After the Senators' Erik Karlsson and Ben Harpur collided near center ice, Derek Stepan brought the puck down the middle and passed it to Nash, who fired it past Anderson from the left circle. I think we know now that this is a great team with great speed, great depth and really well-coached. "That's when we're effective around the net is when we get second chances or screened shots (or) tips". "We have to improve on that". Every game, we re-assess and make a decision according to what we think. Since then Ottawa has traveled to NY for two games, which the Rangers ended up taking both games 4-1.

But it also confirms two things: that Henrik Lundqvist can not yet be completely chalked up as a lost cause in the net (although, seriously, who would go that far?), and that the Rangers' electrifying offensive performance in Game 2 was not a fluke. Sure, hockey has a long tradition of teams at the end of one-sided losses trying to send a message for the next game by getting physical, but let's be real here. The home team has now won all three games in this series and five straight meetings between these two teams. "The most important game we have right now is the one that's in front of us tomorrow".

The Rangers' fourth line rises up to even the series; Lindberg, Glass, Lundqvist and more in Scott Cullen's Statistically Speaking. The Rangers rode that momentum gained from the first goal, and eventually translated it into a 2-0 lead.

Lundqvist, who leads all goalies with 289 saves in the playoffs, made a nice stick save in the opening minute of the second on Pageau.

New York Rangers' Nick Holden (22) and Ottawa Senators' Mark Stone (61) reach for the puck during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in New York.

"They were good right off the bat", Anderson said. Karlsson, who revealed after the Game 6 win over Boston in the Eastern Conference quarter-final that he had been playing with two hairline fractures in his left heel, fell awkwardly late in the second period after battling for a puck along the boards with Miller. "That kind of took the wind out of our sails".

"They're going to punch us in the nose at some point (Tuesday night), and we're going to be ready to punch them back", Yeo said.

"They seemed to capitalize on their chances", Boucher said. "It's something we have to match". "We wanted to be prepared for any situation". We'll do the next thing after this game.

"If you give time to good players, they're going to find a way to pick you apart", Brassard said. "It gave us-the coaches-one more day to prepare and to look at a few things, work on a few things with our players", Alain Vigneault told reporters after the Rangers' practice.

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