Stanley Cup Playoffs: Ottawa Senators tie series with another OT win
Things didn’t start out well for the Senators as they found themselves down a goal before the game was even a minute old as Zack Smith took an early boarding penalty, and Anton Stralman made Ottawa pay with a shot from the slot.
Anderson settled down after that, and stopped the next 27 shots he faced including two in overtime. The Ottawa netminder stopped 31 Rangers shots in all, and picked up the fourth playoff victory of his career.
Ottawa got things going in the second when Jason Spezza bombed a long pass to of all people, Matt Carkner, who was just exiting the penalty box and then fed the puck to Milan Michalek, who promptly backhanded it past game three hero, Henrik Lunqvist, to draw the Senators within a goal.
The goal was Michalek’s first of the playoffs, but the real surprise was the deft touch of Carkner who was playing in his first game after being suspended for smacking around New York’s hottest hand so far in the playoffs, Brian Boyle, in game two.
Carkner has only played in two games in the series, but he has had huge impact in the outcome of both of them.
Sergei Gonchar tied the score 2-2 late in the second period with the Ottawa Senators on the powerplay when he hammered a shot from the point that just squeaked through Lundqvist.
Gonchar has really elevated his play in this series, and will need to continue to do so to take some of the pressure off of Erik Karlsson.
The tying goal came just seconds after Rangers defenseman Marc Staal leveled Jason Spezza with a hard check as the Senators number-one-centre tried to deke the big rearguard.
Spezza left the game for the remainder of the period, but was back on the Ottawa bench for the start of the third.
The two teams traded chances in the third period as they pushed for the winning goal, but both goaltenders stood on their heads and took their teams into overtime.
Kyle Turris sent the home fans home happy just 2:42 into overtime when he took a drop pass from Jim O’Brien and snapped it passed Lunqvist to give the Ottawa Senators the win.
Oddly enough, even though the Ottawa Senators have won two games in this series they have yet to play even one second with the lead.
The series will now shift back to New York tied 2-2 with the pressure squarely on the Rangers shoulders.
The puck will drop at 7pm for game five on Saturday night at Madison Square Gardens.
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