Will the home team remain unbeaten in this NHL Playoffs series when the Ottawa Senators host the New York Rangers at 3PM ET in Game 5?
Well, regardless of that fact, the Senators completed another comeback, with a late goal to tie it up and another OT win, pushing their record in 1 goal games to 7-2 (5-1 in overtime).
The Rangers tied it up 3-3 with only 2:11 left in the second period when McDonagh tipped a shot from Grabner by Anderson on the stick side which made for a tense third period.
Down 2-0 heading, the Senators were outshot 15-5 in the opening period and the snowball just continued down the hill and got bigger and bigger with NY increasing their lead to 4-0 at one point late in the second. Theres no question about that, said winger Mark Stone, who got the Senators on the board Saturday in the first period when they were trailing 2-0. Head coach Alain Vigneault talked about getting the contributions from all four lines by saying, "I've said this many times this year we have to have four lines that can play".
"It wasn't good enough today".
Yet it was the Rangers who opened the scoring for the fourth straight game with Holden's perfectly placed shot between Anderson's blocker and pad at 14:04 of the first giving NY a 1-0 lead. While this team is very good defensively, they're also prone to momentary defensive lapses. We needed to win (Saturday) because we know its going to be very hard there.
The Rangers have no choice but to spend a lot of time on the good because there wasn't much bad in Games 3 and 4. The Senators' first eight playoff games this postseason were all decided by one goal.
The Ottawa Senators answered the bell Saturday afternoon, and they're only one win away from delivering a knockout punch to the New York Rangers. "He has a lower-body injury".
Senators goalie Craig Anderson has a 3.30 goals-against-average and an.890 save percentage.
"Look at these assists", Glass said.
"Look at these assists, they are not exactly playmaking assists". What worries me is that these last two games have revealed a flaw in The System, which I had previously thought could hold its ground against just about any team in the league. "Sometimes they end up in the back of the net". "For us, it's about executing and playing to our level". "Tanner is just playing disciplined, smart hockey and that's what he needs to do".
Ottawa had only two shots over the final 10 minutes of the period.
With Anderson pulled for an extra skater, Brassard - who jumped on the ice when the goalie came to the bench - batted the rebound of Clarke MacArthur's shot with the puck deflecting in off the back of Rangers defenseman Brandon Smith's right skate. The Rangers have won four consecutive home games this postseason.
"Unless the trainers tell me otherwise, I will assume Karlsson will be there", Boucher said.
"It's not a one-man show here", Lundqvist said. "It's about four lines doing everything right and that's what you need this time of the year". That was New York's second goal in a span of 1:06.
Glass also helped set up Lindberg's next goal. That was New York's second goal in a span of 1:06. The Ottawa Senators have allowed a combined 13 goals in their last three games.
"We've got to win a hockey game at home and that's all we focus on". You just flush that video and you see what we did here.
Karlsson finished with a shot and three attempted shots in 14:54 of ice time spanning the first two periods. Kevin Hayes' pass was deflected up in the air before Grabner's no-goal. You're not going to score the first goal every game. Then Game 2 happened and that's one that New York Rangers players and fans won't soon forget. Henrik Lundqvist is the active leader among goaltenders in both playoff appearances (127) and wins (61).
The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2. Defenceman Ben Harpur was also replaced by Fredrik Claesson.