“We’re down, can’t lose another game, so we’re going to go back to New York, regroup,” Rangers Coach Alain Vigneault said. “We’re going to have 48 hours and get ready for the next game.”
One week earlier, the Rangers blew a two-goal lead in the third period and lost in two overtimes, allowing the Senators to go up by two games to none. The Rangers rebounded with two wins in New York, where the Senators scored only once in each game.
“We just have to go home and regroup like we did last time,” said Lundqvist, who made 32 saves on Saturday.
For a brief moment, it appeared that Rangers right wing Michael Grabner had scored 4 minutes 12 seconds into overtime, but the goal was nullified immediately because of a high stick.
With the score tied, 3-3, to start the third period, the Rangers pressed, forcing Senators goalie Craig Anderson to make big saves against Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello. But Jimmy Vesey beat Anderson at 12:48 for his first career playoff goal.
Vesey scored by jumping on a Brady Skjei rebound and diving to backhand the puck in. The goal was reviewed because Anderson had reached back and gloved the puck, but he clearly grabbed it after it had crossed the goal line.
A one-goal lead has not been safe throughout this series, and it was no different in this game.
When Anderson, who made 29 saves, was taken off near the end of the period, Brassard jumped onto the ice. He soon hit a puck out of the air, and it bounced off…