The Rangers scored the game's first four goals and Henrik Lundqvist had 26 saves as the Rangers beat the Ottawa Senators, 4-1, on Tuesday night in game three of three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more
- 5:31 NYR Mats Zuccarello; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Dan Girardi
- 13:24 NYR Michael Grabner; Assists: Mats Zuccarello
- 12:21 NYR Rick Nash; Assists: Derek Stepan, Jimmy Vesey
- 18:17 NYR Oscar Lindberg; Assists: J.T. Miller, Tanner Glass
- 18:49 OTT Jean-Gabriel Pageau; Assists: Bobby Ryan, Cody Ceci
- The Rangers came out in the first period and did exactly what was needed. I'm not sure they could have played better in the first period than they did. They pressured from the start, they got the early first goal, they got the bounce on the second goal and never really looked back.
- This must have been the Ranger team that Guy Boucher kept talking about before the series started, the one that was going to crush the Senators. They did exactly that tonight, dominated with the puck and you could probably count the amount of tough saves that Henrik Lundqvist had to make on one hand.
- The way the Rangers executed with the puck in the first period, as Pierre McGuire kept pointing out, was outstanding and allowed them to easily get through Ottawa and into the zone to create chances.
- The Rangers needed big games from big players: Mats Zuccarello was great, Mika Zibanejad was outstanding, maybe his best game as a Ranger since very early in the season. Rick Nash looked like the Rick Nash from the first round and JT Miller had some nice moments including a tremendous shift that led to the Lindberg goal.
- So the Rangers are now on the board, we know there will be at least a Game 5 and that Game 4 is probably going to be intense, nasty and bring this series to another level. Ottawa was expecting the best from the Rangers tonight and they got it. The Rangers should be expecting the same kind of pushback on Thursday from Ottawa but hopefully, unlike how the Senators handled things tonight, the Rangers will be able to counter that and head back to Ottawa for Game 5 with the series tied at 2.
The Rangers and Senators will play the fourth game of their series on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. EST at Madison Square Garden