New York Rangers: On the brink of elimination

The Blueshirts beat the Senators 4-1 in Game 4 of their best-of-seven series Thursday night and will now look to go up a game when they play Game 5 in Ottawa on Saturday (3 p.m.). And suddenly - after looking so lost in NY - the Senators now find themselves one game away from the Eastern Conference finals. The Senators were down 4-3 with less than 1:30 remaining in the third period, when Brassard knocked a puck out of mid-air, off a Rangers defenseman and in the net. Game 6 goes in NY on Tuesday night. May. Hagelin was able to deftly direct the puck from his skate to his stick and fired a wrister that deflected off Holtby and in.

The Turris victor also was reviewed, when New York's bench challenged that he was offside.

"We are making plays that we need to make with the puck, and that's enabled us to get out of our zone fairly clean and through the neutral zone", Vigneault said. In Stanley Cup playoff history, in a series that is tied 2-2, the team that's won Game 5 has gone 196-54, winning 78.4 percent of those series (according to the Elias Sports Bureau).

Neil, meanwhile, earned a two-minute infraction for roughing in the mix-up with Glass as well as a 10-minute misconduct.

And the bigger question: Is he healthy enough to do that?

"Unless the trainers tell me otherwise, I will assume Karlsson will be there", Boucher said. "Definitely somebody who came out with the max pushback and character we needed".

While he's cheering on the Rangers to eliminate the Sens in this second-round series, he doesn't think he'll be at Game 5 here in Ottawa on Saturday. "It's too bad we couldn't hold it. Giving up the tying goal again with a minute left is tough to swallow".

Nobody enjoyed this win more than Brassard.

"We got outplayed. They played a better all-around game than (we did). But we haven't made a lot of mistakes in the last couple of games".

"He just makes everyone feel a little more comfortable on the ice".

Ryan McDonagh knotted things up at 3-3 to send the teams into the final period tied.

ABOUT THE RANGERS: All four lines produced goals for NY in Game 3 and its depth was a decisive factor in Game 4, with Oscar Lindberg scoring twice and bruising forward Tanner Glass collecting a pair of assists.

"Overall, I thought we came out the right way, and we ended it the right way", said Senators captain Erik Karlsson, who left Game 4 after two periods with a foot injury and bounced back to record three assists and a plus-3 rating in 31:09 of ice time on Saturday. Pyatt tipped a Zack Smith by Lundqvist at 8:50 to move the Senators ahead while Hoffman's first goal scored at 8:17 to tie it up.

That would be Chris Neil of Flesherton, Ont., a sixth-round draft pick back in 1998 who has played all his 15 National Hockey League seasons with the Ottawa Senators, this one widely believed to be his last - at least until Saturday afternoon at Canadian Tire Centre.

Oscar Lindberg, thriving on a line with J.T. Miller and Tanner Glass, has scored three goals in the last two games. In Game 2 in Ottawa, when Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored at 18:58 with Craig Anderson on the bench, it was Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi. Ariya beat Amy Anderson 5 and 4, and Moriya topped Alena Sharp 2 and 1.

For the fifth straight time in this series, the Senators surrendered the first goal. "It's about four lines doing everything right, and that's what you need this time of year". "You can't get stuck in what happened yesterday".

The Rangers, with their backs against the wall, will be relying on their veterans, who have accumulated a whole lot of playoff experience in recent years.

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