Tur­ris lifts Ot­tawa to a se­ries lead and its fifth over­time win of the play­offs


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ot­tawa — Kyle Tur­ris scored 6:28 into over­time to lift the Ot­tawa Se­na­tors to 5-4 vic­tory over the New York Rangers on Satur­day for a 3-2 se­ries lead in their Eastern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal se­ries.

Der­ick Bras­sard tied the score with 1:26 left in the third pe­riod for the Se­na­tors. Mark Stone, Mike Hoff­man and Tom Py­att also scored, and Craig An­der­son stopped 29 shots. It was Ot­tawa’s fifth over­time win of the post­sea­son, in­clud­ing a dou­ble-over­time vic­tory here against the Rangers in Game 2.

Jes­per Fast, Nick Holden, Ryan McDon­agh and Jimmy Ve­sey scored for the Rangers, and Hen­rik Lundqvist fin­ished with 32 saves.

Michael Grab­ner ap­peared to win it for the Rangers less than five into over­time, but it was dis­al­lowed be­cause his re­di­rect­ion came on a high-stick.

Tur­ris then knocked in the re­bound of his own shot through Lundqvist’s five-hole to put the Se­na­tors one win away from re­turn­ing to the con­fer­ence fi­nals for the first time since 2007.

Game 6 is Tues­day night in New York.

Ot­tawa trailed 2-0 less than 51/2 min­utes into the game, be­fore scor­ing three times to take the lead mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod. McDon­agh tied it for the Rangers late in the sec­ond and Ve­sey gave them the lead with 7:12 re­main­ing in the third.

With An­der­son pulled for an ex­tra skater, Bras­sard tied it with the puck de­flect­ing in off the back of Rangers de­fense­man Bran­don Smith’s right skate.

Teams that win Game 5 when a se­ries is tied 2-2 have gone on to win 78.7 per­cent of the time, ac­cord­ing to the Elias Sports Bureau, in­clud­ing 3-0 in 2017.

The big­gest early buzz at Canamin­utes dian Tire Cen­tre came when Chris Neil stepped onto the ice for the first time this post­sea­son, hop­ing to give the Se­na­tors a lift after they dropped the pre­vi­ous two games at New York.

New York, which trailed for only 4:11 in the first four games of the se­ries, then grabbed hold of an­other lead with two goals in 66 sec­onds. Fast got the first one by fin­ish­ing off an odd-man rush and Holden added the sec­ond on a weak shot that beat An­der­son’s glove far-side.

The Rangers have scored first all five games this se­ries. Se­na­tors Coach Guy Boucher said he wasn’t con­cerned by that be­fore the game — the team’s ap­proach should re­main the same, he said — and such think­ing proved pre­scient as the night wore on.

Ot­tawa cut the two-goal deficit in half 50 sec­onds after Holden’s goal. Lundqvist stopped the first at­tempt by Chris Wide­man but couldn’t get in front of Stone’s back­hand re­bound shot, which just crept across the goal line.

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