Published: Thu, May 04, 2017
Sport | By Dustin Murphy

Rangers Vs. Senators: Game 2 Open Thread

You've just got to be ready for the next save and give your team a chance to be in it. Down on Broadway, there's the belief a familiar act is about to open.

The other issue for the Rangers is their defense, which won't get much better no matter who is in the lineup.

Skjei, 23, became the first Rangers defenseman to record at least two goals in a playoff game since Brian Leetch netted a hat trick in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers back in 1995. Karlsson's goal would go on to be the game-winner in the Senator's 2-0 win and put them into second place in the Atlantic Division. They're now 4-0 when allowing the first goal, rallying from behind twice against Boston and now twice against the Rangers.

There were four goals scored - three by the Rangers - in a 5:12 span of the second period, in which they outshot the Senators 19-10 and could have had more than three if not for some remarkable saves by Anderson (43 saves). Buchnevich, the 22-year-old rookie winger, didn't play at all in sudden death. The Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers did that in 2010, the Tampa Bay Lightning (under Guy Boucher) did it in 2011, and the New Jersey Devils and Arizona Coyotes did it in 2012. "I gave them the minutes and I thought they had some good looks and played a real strong game".

Wipe away the Pens' empty-net sixth goal, and the dominance over the Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby and the Presidents' Trophy-winning Eastern Conference favorites is still hard to ignore.

"We enjoy playing there, I think we did well there, but at the same time we know the kind of urgency they're going to bring to the next game".

“We have four lines that can play offense or play just in general and be risky, ” Brassard said.

Game 2 ended in a barnburner after Jean-Gabriel Pageau's four-goal evening ended with the double overtime victor. We're aware of that, we know that. "Clearly they've gotten the bounces in the first two games".

You aren't likely to see a repeat of the wide-open, and poorly goaltended game, and both netminders will be putting that exhibition of wonkiness behind them and look for better outings, and the one that does a better job of that will probably backstop their team to a win. "Whatever we feel is best for the group is what we're going to do".

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"Today was just about getting back on the tracks", MacArthur said. "So there's a lot of things we're going to continue doing". Jesper Fast teed Grabner up for a one-timer and he whipped it home by Anderson's outstretched glove off the ensuing 2-on-1.

"I think that extra day [off] is huge", Stepan said. "We need him to be our best player, and he was phenomenal again". We had them 5-3 with what, four minutes left?

It was the fourth time under head coach Alain Vigneault that the Rangers blew a two-goal lead and lost a playoff game in overtime.

Of course, the team has to stay focused on the task at hand and win their matchup against the Rangers.

This is the first-ever postseason series between the Central Division rivals. Both saw the pesky former fourth-round pick poking his nose around the NY crease.

They have to be. The victor of Game 3 owns an all-time record of 204-99 (67.3 percent) in the National Hockey League playoffs. With six minutes left, Mike Hoffman dashed down the right side, around Skjei, and Mike Methot scored on the rebound to cut the lead to 3-2. When he was asked if that seemed odd, the reporter was given a hard stare by Kevin Kline, who was in the next stall.

"It was definitely a tough loss but you move on", Lundqvist said.

"I'm trying to play on the inside", Nash said. "I don't try to overthink stuff, just try and enjoy the game". I think weve got to the point where were over that now.”. "I answered that good, didn't I?" he asked ...

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