Rangers top Senators 4-1, tie series 2-2

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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.

But with 1:26 left in regulation, Senators center Derick Brassard evened the score when he put the puck past Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist.

The Ottawa Senators' reign over the New York Rangers was fun while it lasted. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. He is followed by Brady Skjei, Chris Kreider and Michael Grabner, who have scored twice, while Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello and Nick Holden each have a goal. "From doing that, I think we've been able to get some more pucks back and spend a longer time in their zone".

“Hes definitely one guy thats given us a lot of our good this year.

It would be Turris who would score the winning goal at 8:28 of overtime, when he came in over the NY line and, on his second try, shot one that eluded Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. In addition to scoring his 3rd career OT goal, surpassing Daniel Alfredsson as the playoff franchise leader, Turris was 65 per cent on draws (15-8), had nine hits and nine shot attempts while his time on ice was 24:58 - more than any other forward on either team. "Had their fans and the momentum".

Despite being outshot early once again, the Penguins took a 1-0 lead on Hagelin's first goal of the playoffs at 10:24 of the first period. Karlsson played during the first round with two microfractures in one of his feet from blocking a shot late in the regular season.

When asked if Karlsson could miss Saturday's game, Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said: "Not for now". He left after the second period of game 4, and by all accounts he could have come back, but down 3-0 at the time the cooler heads chose to give him as much time to recover ahead of today's matinee. Scoring three of his team's eight goals in Games 3 and 4 was Oscar Lindberg, who is centering J.T. Miller and Tanner Glass on the fourth line.

While Fleury struggled for the first time against the Capitals, Vezina Trophy finalist Braden Holtby had his best game of the series, stopping 20 of the 22 shots he faced.

"Look at these assists", Glass said. Great, they are all secondary assists. If I watch one more Jason Spezza Special (TM) in Game 5, I must just break my TV.

"In the end we know that you need presence at the net", Boucher said.

Vigneault later added NY has "to win tomorrow", while noting the Rangers "understand what we have to do against (the Senators) to be successful". He was joined by captain Erik Karlsson off the ice as the stalwart defenseman did not play in the third period. It's nothing magical. We just have to play our game.

In the opening period, the home was given to understand that "Ottawa" may not expect to win. A date with the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Washington Capitals would await the Senators with a Stanley Cup Final bid on the line, though the Penguins have a 3-1 series lead and can clinch with a win of their own in Game 5 on Saturday night.

The home team has controlled this whole series and has won the last six games between these two teams overall.

"This year I would say it feels like a privilege to see NY with such depth at this time of the year", said Maurice Vigneault.