Published: Sun, May 07, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Stanley Cup Playoffs: New York Rangers Keys to Game Five Victory

NY evened its series with the Ottawa Senators at two games apiece with a 4-1 victory in Game 4 at Madison Square Garden. New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, stops a shot on the goal during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators Thursday, May 4, 2017, in.

Can the New York Rangers get their NHL Playoffs series with Ottawa Senators back to even when the two meet up tonight at 7:30PM ET in Game 4? Glass, playing his second consecutive game, blocked Ben Harpur's shot and Michael Grabner grabbed the loose puck and broke in with Lindberg, who scored on a one-timer at 2:01.

Then, at 15:54, Lindberg floated a shot from the left wing that somehow eluded Anderson after a strong forecheck by Glass and J.T. Miller to give NY a three-goal advantage.

Down 2-0 heading, the Senators were outshot 15-5 in the opening period and the snowball just continued down the hill and got bigger and bigger with NY increasing their lead to 4-0 at one point late in the second.

Sens coach Guy Boucher decided to make a statement to his team, though, by inserting Mike Condon in goal for the third period.

Anderson said the Rangers "stifled us" and "limited our offense" the past two games, adding that he understood why Condon played the third period Thursday.

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During the two days between games, Senators coach Guy Boucher warned that it would be hard to manufacture the desperation the Rangers were sure to offer while facing a 2-0 series deficit.

And will the Senators muster a better effort in their attempt to take a 3-1 series lead back to Ottawa for Game 5 on Saturday afternoon?

Ryan's been on fire this postseason, but he had to leave last night's game in the third period after taking an Erik Karlsson shot to the leg.

Karlsson encountered two painful moments before the third. After winning handily 4-1 on Tuesday night, NY held a vast territorial advantage again on Thursday. Jean-Gabriel Pageau would get Ottawa's lone goal late in the second. If the Capitals want to erase the script of not winning the big games and advancing far in the playoffs, they have to win three games in a row - and it won't be easy. Game 6 is on Tuesday, May 9 at Madison Square Garden in NY. With the series returning to the Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa hopes that trend continues.

"I believe in today's game you have to have four lines that can play", NY coach Alain Vigneault said. "From doing that, I think we've been able to get some more pucks back and spend a longer time in their zone". Everyone in the room stepped up and played the way we needed to play to take over the game in the first period and we let it ride after that. Come in and do what you can to help the team win, Period. Dominating in all facets of the game, Ottawa has looked slow and frustrated with minimal offensive production.

We have a series, after all. "That's pretty much our all-around game that we need to be better". All Stone did was earn an assist in his National Hockey League debut on what turned out to be the game victor by Jason Spezza in a 2-0 win. There was no update on Zack Smith, who missed the final two periods with an upper-body injury. "Like making deposits in the bank, you put enough in, one day you're going to be happy with what's in there".

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