Senators tie game late, win pivotal matchup with Rangers in overtime

If the Rangers are unable to come back and win the final two games of the series, they'll look back at their blown opportunities.

The Rangers led the Ottawa Senators 4-3 with under two minutes remaining in Game 5 of the teams' NHL Eastern Conference semifinals series.

New York, which trailed for only 4:11 in the first four games of the series, then grabbed hold of another lead with two goals in 66 seconds.

But at the 6:28 mark of overtime, it was Turris' third shot on goal of the game that made the biggest impact. The Ottawa Senators have allowed a combined 13 goals in their last three games.

The teams ended the second tied 23-23 on the shot clock.

"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". If we're playing well, we're going to have three guys back all the time and a fourth guy coming.

A police spokeswoman says the woman walked into a police station near the arena to make the report after the game. I've never seen a guy so passionate about the game.

"It was Kentucky Derby day; I guess that was our horse tonight", said Boucher.

"We need to be fast, we need to play with speed, intensity", he said, "and we have to push back".

Ottawa Senators star defenseman Erik Karlsson left Thursday's 4-1 Game 4 loss to the New York Rangers after the second period with a lower-body injury.

Michael Grabner tied the game for the Rangers late in the second period and Jimmy Vesey scored his first ever playoff goal at 12:48 of the third to give the Rangers a 4-3 lead. Not with the way the Rangers have been able to keep threatening and keep scoring in transition, no matter who they've got on the ice. "We need to get a little bit better".

Jesper Fast, Nick Holden and Ryan McDonagh had the other Rangers goals. The Rangers had it reviewed for an offside but the goal counted.

The review didn't last very long as officials quickly deemed it was a good goal, determining that Turris had control of the puck as he entered the zone.

"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. "Top players make other people better and I said it's no different than Phil Kessel being on [Pittsburgh's] third line a year ago, that had a lot of impact for the Penguins. I don't think we have to change a whole lot".

The Rangers' 2-0 lead evaporated with three consecutive Senators goals, but McDonagh sent the teams into the dressing room following the second intermission tied at 3-3. And with approximately seven minutes left in regulation time, Jimmy Vesey put one past Craig Anderson to give NY a precious one goal lead. The Capitals' top-line center carried the puck up the ice, executed a give-and-go with Burakovsky and beat Fleury for the tying goal at 2:49 of the third. On the plus side, Ottawa has won both of their home games and if they can continue that trend they could be OK. The "Kanata Wall", as the Sens' defensive system has been dubbed (Kanata is the Ottawa suburb where the Senators play), has fallen under the onslaught of a series of the odd-man rushes that the system is specifically in place to prevent.

A win in Game 5 looked unlikely at many points, beginning with how it started.

  • Julie Sanders