Rangers top Sen­a­tors to even se­ries at 2-2

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - SIMMI BUTTAR NEW YORK —

Hen­rik Lundqvist made 22 saves to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors on Thurs­day night in Game 4 of their Na­tional Hockey League Eastern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal se­ries.

The best-of-seven se­ries is tied 2-2. Game 5 is Satur­day af­ter­noon at Cana­dian Tire Cen­tre in Ot­tawa.

Os­car Lind­berg scored twice for the Rangers, and Nick Holden and Chris Krei­der each added a goal. New York’s bot­tom six for­wards did the heavy lift­ing of­fen­sively, as that group fin­ished with two goals and five as­sists for seven points in the win. Tan­ner Glass recorded two as­sists, and the tri­umvi­rate of Kevin Hayes, J.T. Miller and Michael Grab­ner each had an as­sist.

Kyle Tur­ris scored the Sen­a­tors’ lone goal as Ot­tawa dropped its sec­ond straight in the se­ries, but that is a sub­plot to po­ten­tially three big­ger is­sues. First is that cap­tain Erik Karls­son did not play the third pe­riod. Karls­son, who said af­ter the Game 6 win over Bos­ton in the Eastern Con­fer­ence quar­ter-fi­nal he had been play­ing with two hair­line frac­tures in his left heel, fell awk­wardly late in the sec­ond af­ter bat­tling for a puck along the boards with Miller. Karls­son fin­ished with a shot and three at­tempted shots in 14:54 of ice time span­ning the first two pe­ri­ods.

The sec­ond is­sue for Ot­tawa is that Craig An­der­son al­lowed three goals on 20 shots in two pe­ri­ods be­fore be­ing re­placed by Mike Con­don. Con­don stopped 9-of-10 shots in the third.


Rangers goal­tender Hen­rik Lundqvist had an easy night, hav­ing to make just 22 saves against the Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors in Game 4 in New York. Game 5 is back in Ot­tawa, where the Sens won the first two con­tests in the se­ries.

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