NHL Stanley Cup playoffs: Rangers bounce back, Preds in control

If it's 5-0 or 1-0, you move on.

Karlsson left at the end of the second period with a very pained look on his face and didn't return to the game. With the exception of Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who has five of Ottawa's 10 goals in the series, the Senators have struggled to beat star goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

They are a team created to win close, low-scoring games, and they've generally done so with an effective defense designed by coach Guy Boucher to funnel everything to the sides of the ice. They hit him again.

The Rangers certainly looked focused in their two wins this series.

The signature exchange came about seven minutes into the second period when Miller and Karlsson went head-to-head in the corner in an exchange of body checks. Hopefully this is the wake-up call they need to just win. The Rangers did not make any changes to their lineup. Ultimately, both went to the penalty box. The Rangers have won three straight games at MSG.

There was more anger where that came from. They leave having been outscored 8-2.

Ever since the end of Round 1, everyone has known that Erik Karlsson has been battling a pretty bad foot injury.

These two games at Madison Square Garden were not good for the fragile confidence of Senators fans who have never felt their franchise a certainty.

"I think our line has been doing a really good job, getting pucks back from the forecheck", Lindberg said.

This situation could appear similar to the one facing the Pittsburgh Penguins and their injured captain, Sidney Crosby.

Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker has undergone surgery to fix a bilateral core muscle in his midsection, with recovery expected in time for the start of training camp. Facing an ugly defeat, Bobby Ryan tried to pick a fight with Dan Girardi and was ejected for his efforts. "When you have it you try and keep it. Those guys filled those minutes well".

He used the buzzwords about the need for the team to show more desperation and intensity and to rediscover the structure that has paved the way for so much success. "They came out, they were physical, taking away our time and space", Anderson said. "But it's about what you do when you step on the ice". They are just kind of the gritty, grinding game I bring. "That's the one I don't want to disclose here", Boucher added.

The bench boss said he was pleased with the way his club played in Game 2 despite the result, and that Saturday's matinee is a chance for his team to pick up where it left off.

"That's just playoffs", Kevin Hayes said.

Holden slipped behind a hobbling Karlsson on an odd-man rush, accepted a flawless lead pass from Kevin Hayes, and proceeded to beat Anderson over the right pad for his first goal of the postseason at 14:04. After all, Game 1 was a dominant, dominant performance by the Sens that was nearly stolen away by Henrik Lundqvist.

When the first period ended, Ottawa trailed 2-0, had been outshot 15-5 and out-attempted 26-12. Karlsson found himself in an ideal shooting position in the slot, ready to pick a corner on Lundqvist. Depending on the extent of Karlsson's injury, it might also serve as a symbol for when the Senators season slipped away from them altogether.

The league's best road team during the regular season, the Rangers rebounded from a pair of losses in Ottawa with a 4-1 victory in Game 3 - seizing control by scoring the first four goals.

  • Julie Sanders