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Evened Up

That is exactly what the first round Stanley Cup Playoff series is between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators after last night’s 3-2 overtime victory for the Senators.

The Rangers let an early 2-0 lead slip away as well as a 2-1 series lead and now, they will head back to Madison Square Garden for Game 5 tied up thanks to Senators’ forward Kyle Turris, who scored the game winner in overtime for his hockey club. Everyone knew that this series was not going to be easy for the Blueshirts and right now, the team is proving just that.

With that said, the Senators are doing everything right when it comes to their game. They are throwing plenty of pucks on Rangers’ netminder Henrik Lundqvist,l creating lots of traffic in front of the net, playing a physical brand of hockey and for the most part, doing a good job of allowing their netminder Craig Anderson to see the puck.

What’s concerning is the Rangers’ inability to hold a lead in this series. They struggled with it in Game 2 and now again last night, something that they did not do much of in the regular season.

In the first period, the Rangers did everything right. They were able to connect on the power play twice, were able to score early to somewhat quiet the crowd and were also to keep the puck deep in the Senators’ zone.

Unfortunately, the Blueshirts were not able to sustain any of that for the rest of the game. The Senators had them on their heels, were able to kill off five straight penalties while also being able to tie the game to send it to overtime.

The Rangers have today and tomorrow to get their game back in order before a huge Game 5 at MSG on Saturday night. Just like the series is, the Rangers’ will need to have even attitudes to win this series.

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hockeychic's avatar

I thought the Rangers looked very disorganized at the end of the third…they were running around a lot in their own zone.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 04/19/12 at 12:16 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

The Senators are doing well considering they haven’t played with the lead at any point in this series. Lundqvist’s stellar game 2 performance is really the difference between a tied series and one that’s 3-1 in the Senators’ favour.

I was able to be at the game last night, and despite quieting after the two early goals, the crowd was electric for most of the night. It’s nice to see that sort of thing in this normally reserved, bureaucratic town that has often (usually rightly) been criticized for sitting on its hands. This year’s edition of the Sens has been different than previous versions and it seems to have energized the fanbase. It really goes to show how the mythology of a franchise is cemented by the playoffs - perfect example is the ‘Alfie’ countdown chant at 11 minutes of each period. Something unique to Ottawa that I don’t see going away any time soon. This is great to see when you cheer for a team that is literally surrounded by older, more storied franchises.

Coming back from behind has been the story of the Sens season, but it would be nice if they could grab a lead (both in the game, and the series) at MSG.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 04/19/12 at 04:45 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

Also needs to be said that the wildly inconsistent reffing in this series really shone through last night. Both sides suffered some terrible missed calls and a few relatively weak penalties. It’s pretty clear that the players are confused as to what’s acceptable and what’s not, since it seems to change from moment to moment.

Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say I hope Jesse Winchester (upper body injury) isn’t seriously hurt. He’s looked great since coming back from the concussion that kept him out the majority of the season and it would be a shame if this sent him back to the drawing board.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 04/19/12 at 04:48 PM ET

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