Rangers vs. Senators – Game 3 Recap

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Game 1

With the series starting up in Ottawa, both teams wanted to start off aggressive which led to 33 1st period shots. 21-12 in favor of Ottawa. But the goalies would keep the game scoreless with great saves like this…


Crazy save by Lundqvist, who was great in round 1. Midway through the 2nd, the Rangers would open the scoring while on the power play. After a few a nice keep in while under pressure, the Rangers were able to keep their power playing going and after a few nice passes McDonagh got a good shot off from the point. Kreider was a able to screen Anderson who couldn’t react in time. Towards the end of the 2nd, the Senators would get their power play goal. A nice play by Dzingel off of a rebound…


That would give the Sens momentum going into the 3rd period. Both goalies would trade some big time saves during the majority of the period. The Rangers had 12 shots in the 3rd (all three periods they had 10+ shots) but Anderson would stop them all. Lundqvist would essentially stop everything the Sens threw at him except on incredible shot by, of course, Erik Karlsson. He played 28:54 of ice time in the game and was a force whenever he was, even with having a fractured heel. This shot is unreal…


I mean you could say it was lucky but he has done plenty of amazing plays throughout his career. That would prove to be the game winner after the Sens lock it down for the last 4 minutes. The crowd got into the game and the Rangers couldn’t muster enough offense.

Series: 1-0 Sens. Both teams had the same amount of hits and blocked shots but the Sens won the shot battle 43-35. Both goalies were fantastic and it was screaming a 1-1 overtime finish until Karlsson made a Karlsson shot. The Rangers have been good on the road all year look for them to bring it in game 2.

Game 2

After the Sens took game 1 on an incredible shot by Erik Karlsson, the Rangers look to bring the heat in game 2 to score more than 1 goal. Lundqvist is amazing, but he needs more offense to win. In game 1, the Sens took 21 shots in the 1st period. They had just 5 in the 1st period of game two so the Rangers did a better job slowing them down. While on the penalty kill about 4 minutes in, the Rangers forced a turnover that turned into a 2 on 1 with Fast and Grabner. A nice pass by Fast set Grabner up for a one-timer past Anderson. Later in the 1st, Pageau would corral a bad turnover in the neutral zone and attack the Rangers zone. He would get some space and wrist a laser past Lundqvist top shelf…


That would give the Sens momentum going into the 2nd period. But, it would be the Rangers who would come out firing and control most of the 2nd. Anderson would make a few great saves in the first 10 minutes of the 2nd period to keep the game tied. It would be Kreider who shows his quick release to wrist a laser past Anderson. Just 3 minutes later, and on the penalty kill again, the Rangers would get another shorthanded goal. Stepan and Nash would get a 2 on 2 but Stepan would just rip one bar down and not need the streaking Nash….


The scoring would continue less than a minute later, but it would be the Sens who bring the game within one goal. The Sens power play would turn into a 4 on 4. Hoffman would attack the net and create a perfect rebound for Methot who is there to put it in. The scoring would continue… When the 4 on 4 ends, it would produce a short Rangers power play. While on the power play, Skjei would take a shot from the point and utilize a Stepan screen in front. Anderson would get beat by the screen and allow the goal through the 5-hole. 4-2 Rangers going into the 3rd. The Rangers out shot the Sens 19-10 in the 2nd and scored 3 goals. The Sens would come out firing in the 3rd and score early. A Phaneuf shot from the blue line would hit the boards behind the net and deflect in front for Stone….


A few minutes later, the Sens would get another good chance. But, the Rangers would stop their 2 on 1 and produce their own fast break. Skjei would get his second goal of the game on a nice wrist shot from the slot to bring the lead back to two goals. Down 5-3 with 4 minutes left, the Sens put their final assault on. After a good fore check to get in the offensive zone, Smith would take a shot from the point and Pageau would tip it in while in front for his second of the game. The Sens would pull Anderson with about two minutes left and tie the game, Pageau again for the hat trick on a great tip in…


Wow. Brutal for the Rangers. The Rangers did the same thing, blowing a late lead, against the Canadians in game 2 also and ended up losing in OT. Early in OT, the Sens would get an amazing chance to win it, but could not capitalize…


Stone would not be able to finish the easy rebound and shoot over the net. Wow what a chance. He will have nightmares about that one. The entire 1stOT would be pretty even, shots being 10-8 Rangers. Early in the 2ndOT, fatigue would be noticeable on the Ranger side when the Sens get a fast break. Trailing defenders could not keep up with Pageau and Wingels. Pageau would end up getting his 4th goal of the game and the game winner (plus he had the one to tie)….


Wow what a game and what a comeback by the Sens. Taking the 2 game lead heading to MSG is YUGE for them. The Rangers have been better at home this playoffs than years past. Karlsson was more noticeably in pain and struggling, but that did not stop him from logging 37 minutes and a +1 rating. He is a true warrior.

Series: 2-0 Sens. The Sens win again after allowing the first goal of the game, making them 4-0 in such situations. Pageau with 4 goals was insane. The Rangers cannot let a guy like that get ice and make plays. Both teams combined for 81 hits (43-38 Rangers). The physical play is going to start becoming a factor when players are getting more banged up and tired. The Rangers have put themselves in a must win situation going home in game 3.

Game 3

Down in the series 2-0 and headed back home, the Rangers find themselves in a must-win game. They had their chances to win both of the first two games, but an improbable Karlsson shot and an epic comeback late in the game would put them down 2-0 instead of up 2-0. That is why they play allll 60 minutes. The Rangers would come out firing in the 1st period, totaling 15 shots to the Sens 5. 5 minutes into the game, Zibanejad would attack the net and go in hard behind the net. This would draw the Sens defender back and leave Zuccarello wide open in front for a one-timer to open the scoring….


Later in the period, a bad play by Anderson would lead to another Ranger’s goal. He came out to play the puck, when a defender was also playing the puck, and misplayed the puck. This led Grabner to be able to wrap around and whip it in before Anderson could recover. The Garden was rocking now. Both teams would get chances on the power play early in the 2nd, but neither scored while on the man advantage. Later in the period, the Rangers would counter attack the Sens offensive rush. Karlsson would collide with a teammate and be slow to get up and play defense. This led to a 2 on 1 for Nash and Stepan….


Tough break for Karlsson who is already banged up and playing with a fractured heel. Going knee to knee with anyone is never fun but especially when your playing tough long minutes while already injured. Later in the period, the Rangers would strike again to go up 4-0. A nice dangle by J.T. Miller sucked the defense up and left Lindberg wide open for the one-timer..


About 30 seconds later, the Sens would show their own skilled passing play to answer. Bobby Ryan behind the back to Pageau…


Sick play, to bad they are down 4-1 in the game. The Sens would be on the attack most of the 3rd period but Lundqvist would stop everything they threw at him. The Garden was rocking most of the game since they took the early lead and closed it out.

Series: 2-1 Sens. Game 4 will be back in New York so look for the Rangers to come out firing again in the 1st period. The Sens finally lost a game in the playoffs after allowing the first goal of the game (making them 4-1). The Rangers just need to finish these games. At home, with the crowd rocking, they were able to close this one out. Lundqvist bounced back after allowing 5 goals in game 2. Karlsson posted a -3 rating in game 3. He is noticeably becoming more and more slow because of his injuries. Not saying he is slowing down as a player, its just towards the end of long shift he has trouble having that quick acceleration and sharp agility. He is a warrior and will bring his best no matter what.


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