Rangers top Senators to even series at 2-2
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.