Oscar Lindberg scored two goals, Henrik Lundqvist had 22 saves, and the Rangers defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-1 in game four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more
- 14:04 NYR Nick Holden; Assists: Kevin Hayes
- 2:01 NYR Oscar Lindberg; Assists: Michael Grabner, Tanner Glass
- 15:54 NYR Oscar Lindberg; Assists: J.T. Miller, Tanner Glass
- 10:45 NYR Chris Kreider (Power Play) Assists: Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan
- 13:34 OTT Kyle Turris Assists: Zack Smith, Ben Harpur
- The Rangers were the better team in this game though I'm not sure the gap was as big tonight as it was in Game 3. Neither team was giving up a lot but the Rangers had the better chances and certainly cashed in when Ottawa made some mistakes.
- For a player that many don't like and for someone who I repeatedly said was not part of the Rangers best lineup, Tanner Glass has been great in every playoff game he has played this year. He's playing a simple game, playing to his strengths and helping the Rangers on the forecheck and to create offense. At the time he was scratched against Montreal he was arguably the Rangers most consistent forward, which wasn't a good thing, and he has continued to play a strong game when given the opportunity.
- This was the second straight game where Henrik Lundqvist wasn't that busy but he was good when he needed to be. A second straight easy game for Lundqvist should help him converse energy for later in the series/playoffs when, you'd think, he will get busier.
- Remember when the Rangers were terrible and couldn't win at home? It was only a couple of weeks ago but it may as well have been 15 years ago with how the Rangers are now playing at MSG. It's four straight wins at MSG going back to Game 4 against Montreal and if things continue the way they have the past two games than the Rangers will have a definite shot at eliminating Ottawa on Garden Ice in Game 6.
- So now it's best 2 out of 3 with the series returning to Ottawa on Saturday. It will be interesting to see what, if anything chances when the Senators put on their home jerseys, have the last change and are playing in front of their fans. Ottawa hasn't looked at all like the same since they came south of the border and it will be interesting to see if they can raise their game and show the same kind of push they did in Game 2.
- Things certainly got chippier in this game and it's probably only going to continue as we move to Game 5 and beyond.