Playoff Roundup: Lindberg scores twice to help Rangers knot series with Senators

Fans celebrate after New York Rangers' Oscar Lindberg (24) scored a goal during the second period of Game 3 of the team's NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, May 2, 20.

Chris Kreider scored goal number four for NY on the power play.

As was the case in Tuesday's 4-1 Rangers victory, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was barely tested by a Senators team that struggled mightily to generate much offensive zone time at all. We have to improve on that, but we had a really good first period.

Ottawa came out with more intensity in the second period, getting the first three shots of the period. Condon finished with nine stops. Going into Game 4 it's basically the same situation.

"They obviously played with a lot more desperation than we did from the start of the game", Karlsson said.

The Senators entered NY having won the first two games in the series by an aggregate score of 8-6. "He has a lower-body injury". Lindberg also scored in Game 3.

It hasn't always been the smoothest relationship between Hayes and coach Alain Vigneault, so infamously coming to a head when he was made a healthy scratch for two straight games in the middle of the 2015-16 season.

"Look at these assists, they are not exactly playmaking assists".

You hate to see what happened to Sidney Crosby in Game 3, but the Pittsburgh Penguins responded the way I thought they would in Game 4. "Tanner is just playing disciplined, smart hockey and that's what he needs to do".

"We've just got to understand the situation that we're in, we're still down 2-1, we're playing a game in our own building", Rangers defenseman and captain Ryan McDonagh said. "They started better and that's why they won this game".

"No, I'm not concerned", said Boucher. "It's not a one-man show here".

Yet he held an even plus-minus rating in the postseason, meaning he had been on for seven Rangers goals, while he has collected two assists.

"They were winning puck battles, they were first on pucks, they were blocking shots, they were doing all the right things to win the game", Senators forward Alex Burrows said of the Rangers.

Without the puck, NY was simply superb.

Then, at 15:54, Lindberg somehow floated a soft shot from the left wing past Anderson after a strong forecheck by J.T. Miller and Glass.

Kreider's power-play goal provided further breathing room and ensured Ottawa's one breakthrough didn't lead to a nerve-wracking final few minutes for the home crowd.

Things were a little more even in the second period, but when Rick Nash added a third goal at the 12:21 mark, a Rangers victory seemed inevitable.

"We were in a tough spot, we did our job at home and it's 2-2", Lundqvist said. NY is outscoring its opponents 12-4 in the second periods this postseason.

If the Senators are going to find a way past the Rangers, then they'd had better find an answer quick after Karlsson, the club's best player, left the game at the end of the second period with a foot injury as they dropped an ugly 4-1 decision at Madison Square Garden. Game 7, if necessary, will take place in Ottawa on Thursday, May 11. We won the first two games. Glass has been a part-time player for the Blueshirts, but has four points (1 G, 3 A) in five playoff games. Lundqvist earned his 61st playoff win to tie Tom Barrasso for 13th on the NHL's career list.

  • Julie Sanders