Zuccarello leads Rangers to 4-1 win over Senators in Game 3
May 15 2017 by Dustin Murphy
Oscar Lindberg, Rangers - Lindberg's pair of second-period goals effectively crushed the Sens' spirits. "We played like that tonight and we're going to continue to", he said Saturday after scoring the overtime goal that gave the Senators a 5-4 win and a 3-2 lead in the series. The all-star defenceman, who is playing with two hairline fractures in his left heel, fell awkwardly late in the second period. Karlsson finished with just 14:54 of ice time.
It's not easy to recover from a 2-0 series deficit, especially when you've lost Game 2 in double-overtime, blowing a two-goal lead late in the third period. He added Karlsson should be healthy enough to play in Game 5 on Saturday afternoon.
"We felt it was better for him to keep him off the ice in the (third) period", Boucher said of Karlsson. He believed that Glass had taken liberties with Ottawa players in Game 4, leading to Boucher's decision to dress enforcer Chris Neil. I just went into the slot there, I just batted it out of the air and I got lucky. Along with a few questionable goals in games three and four, the veteran goaltender looks shaky and the Rangers need to bounce on that immediately from the start of the game. "We were able to score a couple, get early pace and we were able to bring it home and win the game". Zucker had 22 goals and 25 assists in 79 games this season.
In addition, the Rangers lead the National Hockey League in playoff games played (91) since the start of the 2012 postseason.
"So we just thought we needed to improve our mindset of 'Yeah, we want to attack, but not attacking with four guys hoping that the damn thing goes in and forget the rest.' Our approach wasn't respectful approach towards such a great opponent".
Ottawa forward Bobby Ryan, who left in the third period with a lower-body injury, is expected to play.
Teams that win Game 5 when a series is tied 2-2 have gone on to win 78.7 per cent of the time, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, including a ideal 3-0 in 2017. Much like the previous two times, the Rangers appeared completely stunned when the puck dropped in overtime.
Their struggles against heavy hitting teams are quite ironic, considering they averaged the fourth most hits per game in the league (25.8).
Then, at 15:54, Lindberg floated a shot from the left wing that somehow eluded Anderson after a strong forecheck by Glass and J.T. Miller to give NY a three-goal advantage.
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. NY blew a two-goal lead with under four minutes left in the game, causing the game to go into double overtime. Going into Game 4 it's basically the same situation. The Senators' first eight playoff games this postseason were all decided by one goal. We have to have the urgency, the battle level that we normally have, and we've got to match theirs.
Derick Brassard provided the heroics with a game-tying goal with 1:26 to play in regulation, setting the stage for Kyle Turris, who buried the game-winning score just 6:28 into overtime to give the Senators a 5-4 win.