NHL: "Ottawa" defeated the Rangers and advanced to the conference finals


NHL: "Ottawa" defeated the Rangers and advanced to the conference finals

A second NY goal from Chris Kreider in the third period made it 3-2 but Jean-Gabriel Pageau struck late to seal the win for Ottawa, who advance to their first conference final since 2007.

The Rangers took a 2-0 lead on 15 shots in the first period of Game 3, and a 1-0 lead on 11 shots in the first period of Game 4.

The Senators' lead went back and forth from one to two with offsetting goals from Mika Zibanejad and Erik Karlsson in the second period.

Kreider converted on a breakaway 53 seconds into the third period to cut Ottawa's lead to 3-2. Anderson stopped the final 14 shots he faced, which allowed Jean-Gabriel Pageau to score his sixth goal of the series into an empty net with 6.2 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider scored for NY, and Henrik Lundqvist had 22 saves. With the Rangers facing elimination and Ottawa having the safety net of a potential Game 7 on home ice, how do the Senators avoid a repeat performance for a third time?

Ottawa will face either Pittsburgh or Washington in its first trip to the third round since going to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007. That's the rub. The defining feature of this whole series, which ended in Game 6 Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, was that the Rangers did not play as if they were the more experienced team.

"I don't know if there's any hump to get over", said Trotz, who is 1-1 with the Capitals in two Game 7 opportunities in 2015. "It didn't matter if we didn't start the right way".

He leads all playoff defensemen with 13 points in 12 games, including a three-assist effort in game five.

That goal gave the Rangers life once again, and this time they kept the momentum for a majority of the third period. It's our turn to serve, and holding serve means that we go on. However, all that matters is the end result on the scoreboard, so while Rangers' fans feel they should have won the series, that and $2.75 get us on the New York Subway, because Ottawa is moving on.

For just a couple of minutes after Brassard stepped out of the box, Mark Stone gave them a 2-0 head start that would be so big. The Senators might be leading the series, but have led for only 13 minutes and 10 seconds out of a total of 329 minutes and 22 seconds played. Now the winger has scored goals in back-to-back games to get back on track. He hasn't yet had that first-star performance in this post-season, and though the NY offense is shooting out the lights, Anderson's world-beating outing could come at the drop of a hat.

Karlsson had missed two games toward the end of the regular season with foot fractures but returned to help Ottawa clinch a playoff berth. "First of all, to get themselves ready, to go out on the ice and execute and play hard and play well". They scored more goals during the Senators' power plays than Ottawa did. If you watch the replay below, you can see Stone look directly at MacArthur, as if he's going to make a pass.

Erik Karlsson earned first-star honours this game, picking up the winning goal as well as the assist to Hoffman. But they also know they must not allow nerves to get in the way, that they must play the way that has allowed them to get this far in the first place.

"You can not quit believing in any situation", Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.

Just more than two minutes later, however, the Senators restored their lead when Karlsson broke down the ice, slipped a pass to Bobby Ryan moving fast down the left boards, who then sent a sweet return pass to Karlsson, who easily scored with a shot to Lundqvist's blocker side.

Stone's goal, his fourth of the playoffs, was challenged by Vigneault as the Rangers believed Kyle Turris was offside.

"We had a lot of chances that I think we let slip through our fingers", NY centre Derek Stepan said.

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