After Game 3 win, Rangers look to tie series against Sens

Just more than a minute later, Vesey stole the puck from former Ranger Viktor Stalberg in the neutral zone and dished to a streaking Nick Holden, who ripped a shot high, off iron and in, scoring a first-period goal for the second straight game.

NEW YORK-After dropping the opening two games of their second round series with to the Senators in Ottawa, the New York Rangers returned to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday in desperate need of a victory. After a blocked shot, Michael Grabner threw a pass across to Lindberg and he made no mistake in beating Anderson, who had no chance, on the glove side to bring the NY faithful to their feet.

Leading two games to none when they arrived in New York City for the Eastern Conference semi-final, the Senators flew home late Thursday bruised in body and feelings after two consecutive crushing defeats by the New York Rangers. It was a stupid way for Ottawa to end a bad game in which they were so lifeless, coach Guy Boucher made a decision to rest Erik Karlsson and his ailing lower body for the third period, along with goalie Craig Anderson.

"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.

All three regular-season meetings between the teams were decided by two goals or fewer, and Ottawa won each of the first two games of this series by one goal.

Senators netminder Craig Anderson was lifted after the second period, allowing three goals on 20 shots. He was injured with 8:34 to play in Wednesday night's game and the Spurs went on to win and tie the series at one game apiece. "I think everybody felt like we played a really strong game when we needed it the most here". It's just even more doubtful he'll be at 100 percent. "That's when we're effective around the net is when we get second chances or screened shots (or) tips". Holden caught a pass from Kevin Hayes to score his first playoff goal of the season, and the fourth of his career.

"We were just not there, period", Senators coach Guy Boucher said.

Oscar Lindberg picked up his first goal of the night after breaking in 2-on-0 with Michael Grabner, following a big shot by Tanner Glass in the defensive zone. The series shifts back to Ottawa with the Rangers looking to be in control. Along with a few questionable goals in games three and four, the veteran goaltender looks shaky and the Rangers need to bounce on that immediately from the start of the game. The game was scoreless until Ellis notched a power-play goal with 14:51 remaining. We're still down by a game, and we don't want to go down 3-1 in the series. He added Karlsson should be healthy enough to play in Game 5 on Saturday afternoon.

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Their struggles against heavy hitting teams are quite ironic, considering they averaged the fourth most hits per game in the league (25.8).

It was a reminder of one of Scotty Bowman's great lines when he was coaching the St. Louis Blues and the local media were saying it was no disgrace to be swept by the then-invincible Montreal Canadiens.

"They were good right off the bat", Anderson said. "We've got to change that". Brady Skjei leads NY with four goals, Mika Zibanejad has six assists and Mats Zuccarello has 18 shots on goal.