Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Lindberg scores twice as Rangers rout Senators

But at the 6:28 mark of overtime, it was Turris' third shot on goal of the game that made the biggest impact. The win ties the teams' second-round series, 2-2.

Coach Guy Boucher said he expects both Anderson and Karlsson to play in Game 5 on Saturday at Ottawa.

Former Philadelphia Flyers forward Dave Poulin, who is working as an analyst on TSN's broadcasts of Senators hockey, played with three cracks in his foot during the East final against the Montreal Canadiens in 1989.

ABOUT THE RANGERS: All four lines produced goals for NY in Game 3 and its depth was a decisive factor in Game 4, with Oscar Lindberg scoring twice and bruising forward Tanner Glass collecting a pair of assists. Game 1 they beat the Rangers by a score of 2-1. One more victory and the Sens will visit the Eastern Conference final for the first time in a decade - their last appearance in 2007 preceding their first and only trip to the Stanley Cup final. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.8 percent of their opponents power plays. The Rangers' real strength is their depth-they have four lines capable of pushing play, and over the course of a game or a series, that constant pressure can exhaust a tired, banged-up defense like Ottawa's.

"You have to have that belief".

While Fleury struggled for the first time against the Capitals, Vezina Trophy finalist Braden Holtby had his best game of the series, stopping 20 shots. He went to the locker room and did not return to Ottawa's bench for the remainder of a 4-1 loss.

"No, for whatever reason, we didn't, kind of, show up", Brassard said. Zuccarello sent the puck along the boards on the left side behind the Ottawa net and Grabner beat Anderson and defenseman Ben Harpur to get it. "We've got to find a way to do it if Karl is not back". If they can't finish off the Rangers Tuesday, it will force a Game 7 in Ottawa Thursday.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin scored 27 seconds apart in the third period as the Washington Capitals avoided elimination by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 in Game 5 on Saturday night.

"Unless the trainers tell me otherwise, I will assume Karlsson will be there", Boucher said. New York's bottom-six forwards did the heavy lifting offensively with two goals and five assists in the win.

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. Henrik Lundqvist remains a steady presence in net for the Rangers and he should give NY a chance to win today. He was active all game, firing off three shots, and picked up four hits along the way.

The home team has won all five games.

NY almost won the contest two minutes earlier as Michael Grabner knocked a pass from Kevin Hayes out of midair at 4:12 of overtime. Pyatt gave Ottawa its first lead when he redirected Zack Smith's no-look shot on goal from near the sideboards.

Momentum, though, started to shift back in New York's favour in the back-half of the second. It was a situation where the Rangers should have walked away with a win. "I think by playing four lines you make it tough on the other team". Anderson looked to have pulled it back with his glove, but video review confirmed that the puck crossed the line.

"They obviously played with a lot more desperation than we did from the start of the game", Karlsson said. "I think that's our strength, been our strength whole year, and we've got to keep that going moving forward". If we're playing well, we're going to have three guys back all the time and a fourth guy coming.

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