In a completely dominating fashion, the New York Rangers took an early lead and never looked back. While having a few rough turnovers in the first period, the Rangers were able to shut down Ottawa during the remainder of the game. They allowed just 3 shots over the last 12 minutes of the first period while also capturing the momentum with a Nick Holden goal.
God bless your soul Oscar Lindberg. The Rangers maintained the momentum and dominated the second period thanks to the young swede, who netted two goals while also leading an electric fourth line on the ice.
Applauds to Alain Vigneault on combining Lindberg, Miller and Glass on the fourth line. This line was flying around and wreaking havoc in the Ottawa zone. Plus, nothing is better than seeing Tanner Glass contribute to the team.
Taking a 3-0 lead into the third with the King in net is a spot the Rangers want to be every time on the ice. He made a few great saves throughout the game and was there to shut down Ottawa at any good chance.
The Rangers were even able to get a power play goal. Thanks to Ottawa taking dumb penalty after dumb penalty, they allowed the Rangers 6 power plays in the game. While only capitalizing on one, hopefully it gave the power play unit some time to work out kinks and head into the rest of the series with a better feel.
Things got chippy at the end of the game with Smith getting involved with Phaneuf and then what seemed to be a fight almost every 20 seconds. There was Glass throwing hands with what seemed like the whole Senators team, Bobby Ryan throwing Girardi down off the faceoff, and a slash to the back of JT Millers legs that led to both lines getting tangled up. To say the least, Saturday’s game should be a fun one.
The Rangers did what they needed to do on home ice to tie the series. It’s a best of three now and the Rangers need to play to their capabilities as the best road team in the NHL. New York must come out and dominate Ottawa just like games 3 and 4 and come back to the Garden with a chance to move on to the Eastern Conference Finals.