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

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

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

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 36 shots and rookie Jake Guentzel took advantage of a fortunate bounce to earn his league-leading eighth goal of the playoffs and the defending Stanley Cup champions held off the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Pittsburgh.

Not only that, but when the Rangers are physically engaged in the game-as they've shown in their six playoff wins to date-they play their best.

The series now shifts back to Canadian Tire Centre Saturday afternoon as a best of three. The Senators are now 5-1 in overtime during their incredible 2017 playoff run, including a ideal 4-0 mark in Saturday afternoon games at home. "It's not going to always go your way", Pyatt said.

"We're playing on our heels way too much", Brassard said.

After what happened with Glass in New York, Senators coach Guy Boucher dressed winger Chris Neil, who has played only one game in the last month, as a deterrent. He tried to get Glass to fight in the second period, but was rebuffed. They need to win more puck battles so they can generate more offensive zone time. 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.

Boucher said his philosophy in 6-on-5 situations is simple: "Score".

Coach Guy Boucher praised Turris' performance, "It's Kentucky Derby day".

Former Rangers forward Derick Brassard sent the game into OT with a late-game goal to tie it up while Tom Pyatt, Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone were also able to beat NY goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

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With Anderson pulled for an extra skater, Brassard tied it with the puck deflecting in off the back of Rangers defenseman Brandon Smith's right skate. His second goal came at the 15:54 mark.

Nobody enjoyed this win more than Brassard. "I was looking to just give us a little more depth scoring".

"I have no problem when they put those guys on the ice", said Al.

From the get-go, this was the New York Rangers' game to lose. I know it's probably hard to tweak #TheSystem now, but there's got to be a way to shore up the defence so the goalies aren't always hung out to dry. After collecting the loose puck along the boards, J.T. Miller passed to Lindberg, who rifled a shot from the point past Anderson to make it 3-0. NY has probably been the better team in all four games so far, but in the first two, Ottawa kept things close and did just enough-their hallmark.

Lundqvist, who leads all goalies with 289 saves in the playoffs, made a nice stick save in the opening minute of the second on Pageau, and both goalies made some nice stops through the middle of the period to keep the score 2-0. To go along with his first period goal, Rangers RW Jesper Fast also had an assist.

The scoring started with three goals in a span of 1:56 in the first period. Anderson didn't look good at allowing Holden to beat him high on the glove side at 5:13. Grabner's primary responsibility is the penalty kill - NY allowed just seven 4-on-5 goals in his 124 minutes during the regular season - but he's also become a weapon at 5-on-5 for a team that strikes often in transition.

All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors missed practice Thursday because of his sprained left ankle, and the team says more tests are scheduled to determine the severity of the injury. "Our top guns definitely took the bull by the horns in all kinds of ways - including the physicality".

Obviously the series isn't over just yet, and like I mentioned earlier, the Rangers often play their best hockey when they're close to falling off of the cliff.

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