NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Thanks — or no thanks — to those pesky Senators, the top-seeded Rangers now find themselves battling in a best-of-three.
At least they’ll have the home ice advantage at Madison Square Garden.
After coming back from an early two-goal deficit, Kyle Turris scored at 2:42 of overtime to give Ottawa a 3-2 victory Wednesday night, the Senators’ second extra-period win in the Eastern Conference series.
“Any time you have a lead, you don’t want to lose it. But it doesn’t matter right now,” said Rangers center Brad Richards. “It’s over and it’s time to move on to the next one. We’ll take a look at it and build on the stuff we did well and see where we need to improve.”
Game 5 is Saturday night in New York.
Rangers captain Ryan Callahan said it was nothing like the Game 2 collapse at home, when Chris Neil scored to win it in overtime for Ottawa.
“It’s a different feeling,” he said. “In the last loss we gave it up with four minutes left and lost in overtime. It’s definitely a different feeling. It’s disappointing, but we’re going home now and it’s a three-game series.”
Anton Stralman and Ryan Callahan had power-plays goals early in the first period for the Rangers, coming off a 1-0 victory in Game 3. Milan Michalek and Sergei Gonchar scored in the second period for the Senators to erase the 2-0 hole.
Both teams had great opportunities to take the lead in the third period. Ottawa created a flurry of chances in the final minute, but was unable to beat goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. New York’s best opportunity came with just over 5 minutes remaining when Nick Foligno was called for tripping, but the Senators killed the penalty.
And then came Turris in OT.
“It’s frustrating to lose in overtime, but there were some good things,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said. “I think we still need some more guys involved, but it was two overtimes, the series is 2-2 and we’re going back home.”
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