The veteran Ottawa defenceman wanted to be clear that he knows the Senators are fortunate to be in NY up two games on the Rangers.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - 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. Now the Senators understand just how vital it is for them to come out strong as they hold a 2-1 series lead. "Now we're going back in front of our fans and I know they're going to be ready and they're going to give us some energy". At this time of the year, against a good opponent, you can't bring an average game to the table.
The first 2 games of the series were won by the Ottawa Senators. "Every game is tough and you're not going to get anything for free", NY netminder Henrik Lundqvist told reporters.
"We've got to win a hockey game at home and that's all we focus on".
"They played well at home for their two games and we played at home for our two games and we've got a series", Boucher said. He then came out and put in a wraparound before Anderson could recover.
"There is a lot of experience, and they have to use this experience right", Vigneault said, referring to his veteran players.
Yet it was the Rangers who opened the scoring for the fourth straight game with Holden's perfectly placed shot between Anderson's blocker and pad at 14:04 of the first giving NY a 1-0 lead. Sens 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. "It's something we have to match".
Maurice Vigneault is a retired pathologist who lives in Gatineau and texts his son after every Rangers win, including Thursday's Game 4 victory.
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Ottawa came out with more intensity in the second period, getting the first three shots of the period. That would change at the 12-minute mark of the second period.
The New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators meet Saturday in game five of the second round National Hockey League playoffs at the Canadian Tire Centre. Boucher said the decision to sit Anderson was simply "to rest him (and) give (Condon) a chance to get in there". Amusing enough, this game perfectly summed up how much of a roller coaster ride this series has truly been. However, the replay showed that Anderson's glove was just on the other side of the goal line when he caught the puck. Finally, tonight, the Rangers blew another late lead in the third period and eventually lost in overtime. It's a best of three now, and the Ottawa Senators still have home ice advantage.
The deficit after one period was 1-0. J.T. Miller grabbed the loose puck and passed to Lindberg at the point for a 3-0 lead at 15:54.
Vesey pulled the Rangers in front 4-3 with his first career playoff goal when he pounced on a rebound of Brady Skjei's shot. This was always going to be a hard fought six or seven game series. Obviously it was a different way we were down 2-1.
Pageau then spoiled Lundqvist's shutout bid just 32 seconds later as he got a backhanded pass from Bobby Ryan from behind the net and scored his sixth of the postseason. It's just very frustrating to see him play like this when we all know how much better he can be.
This game started with three goals in a span of 1:56 by both teams. The previous mark of 20 was set from the quarterfinals vs. Boston in 1970 to the quarterfinals vs. St. Louis in 1981.
Kussoy, meanwhile, also did a sidebar on Rangers' Game 4 unsung hero, defenseman Nick Holden.