Zuccarello leads Rangers to 4-1 win over Senators in Game 3

Zuccarello leads Rangers to 4-1 win over Senators in Game 3

Zuccarello leads Rangers to 4-1 win over Senators in Game 3

Thursday night's game of the Stanley Cup semifinals between the New York Rangers and the Ottawa Senators took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

And deliver under enormous pressure they did.

Nationals slugger Bryce Harper left Thursday's 4-2 win over Arizona after hurting his left groin and is day to day, according to Washington manager Dusty Baker.

A meaningless goal in a game that, whether a fan of the Rangers or the Senators, seemed filled with meaning. Right now is the first time we got to the point we were leading 2-0.

The New York Rangers have outscored Ottawa 8-2 in the last 120 minutes, both games New York held complete control of the game. "(Thursday) is the most important game of the season for us".

The signature exchange came about seven minutes into the second period when Miller and Karlsson went head-to-head in the corner in an exchange of body checks.

"I believe in today's game you have to have four lines that can play", NY coach Alain Vigneault said. "Whenever we got chances, we didn't capitalize".

"Unless the trainers tell me otherwise, I will assume Karlsson will be there", Boucher said. "You still want to be aggressive. I think everybody felt like we played a really strong game when we needed it the most here". "That's what you have to do to close it out".

Down by four goals in the third period of Game 4 of the second round of the National Hockey League playoffs on Thursday night, the Senators finally got on the scoreboard when Kyle Turris whistled a high shot past Henrik Lundqvist - a shot that really had no business going in, but somehow did.

"Their goalie has been playing very well", Phaneuf said. He continues to roll, especially at home, where the Senators have only scored two goals on him so far this series. Once just a skill player with terrific hands and vision, Hayes now prides himself in the way he plays in his own zone, and it hardly bothered him that he didn't have a goal yet through the first 10 games of the postseason.

Post columnist Larry Brooks did a column on gritty Ranger Tanner Glass and how he impacted Game 4.

"We played a solid first period and we came out strong", Zuccarello said.

"It is tough to get those pucks to the net", said Boucher. Tonight was one of those nights where pucks were going tape-to-tape and we were getting behind the D. The forwards did a great job of working the defensemen down low. Perhaps Lundqvist's most hard stops were an in-tight chance from Jean-Gabriel Pageau in the first, and a sequence early in the third. Obviously it was a different way we were down 2-1.

As the game progressed, things did not get much better.

"We've obviously had some success in the playoffs, we just haven't been able to finish it off", Staal said. "We expected a long series and that's what we're going to get". Zucker had 22 goals and 25 assists in 79 games this season.

He stopped Rick Nash three times alone in the second period on superb opportunities. By promoting Skjei and Smith, Vigneault proved he can adapt and be less rigid in his beliefs.

Game 6 is in Nashville on Sunday.

"I find they played well defensively", Boucher said.

Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker has undergone surgery to fix a bilateral core muscle in his midsection, with recovery expected in time for the start of training camp.

Both team and coach had much to prove in Game 3.

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