Rangers can't hold lead

Ross Houston
May 7, 2017

Turris scored 6:28 into overtime to lift the Senators, who took a 3-2 lead in their second-round series.

The Rangers, who 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. The Rangers, rolling line after line of speedy forwards and with a penchant for blocking shots to spur breakouts, were one of the few teams that might have the weapons and the depth to simply overwhelm the Kanata Wall.

While he's cheering on the Rangers to eliminate the Sens in this second-round series, he doesn't think he'll be at Game 5 here in Ottawa on Saturday. "It's not going to always go your way", Pyatt said.

Coach Guy Boucher made two moves with his roster before the game. I've never seen a guy so passionate about the game. "I guess that was our horse tonight", he said.

This goal came from old buddy Derick Brassard, who stepped on the ice as goalie Craig Anderson went to the bench, eventually batting one in during a chaotic scrum in front with just 1:26 remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime. It was Ottawa's fifth overtime win of the postseason, including a double-overtime victory against the Rangers in Game 2.

"I thought we showed some good resilience and getting the go-ahead goal with about 7 minutes left", Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi said.


Lundqvist looked shaky early on, but made saves that kept Ottawa from tying it in the first.

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.

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

"I talked to [Ovechkin] just saying we need to change it up", said Trotz in his postgame news conference.

"You give your top guys a little bit more room to breathe and not have to overplay them all the time", Lindberg said.

Through the first four games, Lundqvist has a.921 save percentage and has stopped 117 of 127 shots.


Left unsaid was that the message might have been sent not to the Rangers but to himself and his team.

Ottawa erased its early deficit, pulling within one late in the first and scoring 33 seconds apart in the second to take a 3-2 lead on Pyatt's goal at 8:50.

Vesey's goal, which also had to be reviewed only to see that Anderson caught the puck after it had crossed the goal line, put the Rangers in front with less than 13 minutes left in the third. "That's our mindset. We play well at home and we have to keep playing like that". "You've got to find a way to get that goal. If you expect to win you're going to need contributions from your whole team and we definitely got that tonight".

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. Ottawa's done, they have no chance, the series is over.

As was the case in Tuesday's 4-1 Rangers victory, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was barely tested by a Senators team that struggled mightily to generate much offensive zone time at all.


That was largely due to the fact Grabner was coming off a star-crossed 2015-16 season in Toronto - where he scored only nine goals for an organization that cycled through an incredible 46 players while positioning itself for strong odds in the Auston Matthews draft lottery.

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