Turris lifts Ottawa to a series lead and its fifth overtime win of the playoffs
SENATORS 5, RANGERS 4
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.