Rangers stage furious rally in final minutes to stun Senators
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OTTAWA – The Rangers’ power play posed zero threat and the top line had nothing in the tank — until it did.
Scoring three goals within the final 5:23 of regulation, the Blueshirts rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 victory over the Senators on Saturday afternoon at Canadian Tire Centre. The win extended the Rangers’ win streak to four games.
Chris Kreider put the Rangers on the board at 14:37 of the third period with a power-play goal, which counted as their first man-advantage tally since they scored one against the Canadiens. Just over a minute later, Ryan Lindgren knot the game 2-2 before Kreider buried the go-ahead goal at 17:57.
The Rangers’ power play barely posed a threat early on, but Kreider made it happen in the third. After failing to convert on four power-play opportunities against the Predators, the Rangers are now 3-for-24 with the man-advantage so far this season.
The Rangers fell behind early on, getting caught cheating up the ice as Ottawa’s Nick Paul buried the puck on a three-on-two rush just 41 seconds into the game. It was a passive first period for the Rangers, compared to how they competed in the previous three games. Though defenseman Jacob Trouba dropped the gloves with Senators star Brady Tkachuk at 11:55.
Goaltender Alexandar Georgiev bounced back for a bit after giving up the early tally. In the second period, Georgiev stopped all 10 shots he faced and kept it a one-goal game despite the Rangers getting pinned in their zone a handful of times.
Ottawa outshot the Rangers 10-4 in the middle frame, with six shots coming in the final three minutes of the period. Georgiev stood tall through the Senators’ late-period surge, which included a clutch save on defenseman Artem Zub. The 25-year-old Bulgarian finished the game with 26 saves.
The third period started with 4-on-4 play, after a Tim Stutzle slashing penalty nullified Ottawa’s power play from K’Andre Miller’s holding penalty. Artemi Panarin’s turnover at the blue line in the Senators’ zone led to a Josh Norris shot that found it’s way under Georgiev’s pads and in for the 2-0 score at 1:04.