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Rangers get back in series with dominating win vs. Sens

18 Mai 2017

That was Dion Phaneuf's solution for the Ottawa Senators' sputtering offence heading into Game 5 of their playoff series with the New York Rangers.

Nick Holden and Chris Kreider scored New York's other goals.

With the Rangers on an odd-man rush, Holden darted past the hobbled Karlsson, accepted a lead pass from Kevin Hayes and beat Anderson over the right pad.

Ottawa coach Guy Boucher chose to bring in long-time agitator Chris Neil to make his debut this postseason, and despite him hardly contributing with just five agitating shifts and one bad penalty, the Senators were able to win, 5-4 in overtime, taking Game 5 of the second-round series on Saturday afternoon at Canadian Tire Centre.

"It was definitely a tough loss but you move on", Lundqvist said. I think he's trying to shoot high there.

"I really want our group to focus on playing a smart game, playing a hard game, playing whistle-to-whistle", Rangers coach Alain Vigneault had said Saturday morning when asked about the possibility of playing against an agitator like Neil.

Post columnist Larry Brooks did a column on gritty Ranger Tanner Glass and how he impacted Game 4.

The Rangers took it to 4-0 when J.T. Miller slipped a ideal cross-crease pass to Oscar Lindbergh, who had simply to clip the puck into the open side of the Ottawa net.

Anderson got some measure of revenge on Grabner in the following period when he made an improbable left-pad save on what looked like a flawless redirect by Grabner.

"I bring a little bit of an edge", Glass said. "It was a lucky play and a good job by him, reading it and stealing the puck there".

Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who had four goals in Ottawa's 6-5 double-overtime win in Game 2, scored again for the Senators, and Anderson finished with 26 saves. "Now we're going back in front of our fans and I know they're going to be ready and they're going to give us some energy".

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St. Louis coach Mike Yeo is looking at making some changes to his lines and what the Blues can do differently in Game 4 after losing their first road game this postseason. The Senators had a 12-9 advantage on shots in the middle period but fell further behind.

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. "They'll most probably display the exact same urgency as they did last game".

Nash then increased the Rangers' lead with his 15th career postseason goal - third this year - with 7:39 remaining in the middle period.

Not only was Ottawa totally dominated in Game 4 but it also dealt with the unsettling sight of superstar defenseman Erik Karlsson, playing with hairline fractures in his heel, exiting the contest after two periods.

Any absence for the Senators' top defenseman would be detrimental to the remainder of the series, which is now tied after back-to-back Rangers win. The Rangers' relentless pressure forced some sloppy puck play from the Sens, eventually leading to McDonagh's tying goal.

Yes, Lundqvist gave up a goal in each game here in NY. "We did a lot of good things up in Ottawa, we didn't get the results we wanted".

But as they have throughout the series when the games are in Ottawa, the Senators came back. "We just haven't been able to".

Lindberg then struck twice in the second period as the Rangers put a stranglehold on the game. There are now no concerns about his status for Game 5.

Ottawa's Bobby Ryan, who left with a lower-body injury, is expected to play.

It was the first Capitals' first goal from a bottom-six forward in the series. With just under two minutes left in the second period, it was 4-0.

Rangers get back in series with dominating win vs. Sens