Zuccarello leads Rangers to 4-1 win over Senators in Game 3

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The Rangers have been here before. Just five minutes into the first period, Mats Zuccarello finished off a handsome centering feed from Mika Zibanejad, and sent Madison Square Garden into a frenzy.

NY was on its way toward evening the series as it held a two-goal advantage with less than 3 1/2 minutes remaining in Game 2.

Holding three separate two-goal leads, the Rangers blew each and every one of them, including a 5-3 advantage with 3:29 left in the game.

"We can also play better", Zuccarello said. "There's nothing we can do about Games 1 and 2, we're just focused on (Game) 3".

"There's nothing for us to take from this game", Boucher said.

"We won one game", he said. They will seek an even higher gear and improved execution in Game 4 on Thursday.

The Rangers were the dominant team for most of Game 2 until Pageau took over, and coach Alain Vigneault believes the team has played well for the most part. "He's a real competitive kid".

He was certainly a difference-maker on Tuesday night in the first period, which could prove to be the turning point of this series - and these teams' seasons.

The only Rocket Richard Trophy-winner as the league's top goal-scorer on the ice, Nash needed to be more of a factor, and he absolutely was one in Game 3.

Make no mistake, the Senators are still sitting in a good spot, especially if they can find a way to get a split out of here before heading back to the Canadian Tire Centre for Game 5 Saturday. As outstanding as Henrik Lundqvist was in net for the Rangers, they could not create enough offense to support his play. He extended his point streak to seven games with a third-period goal and skated 24 minutes, 31 seconds with three shots on goal and four blocked shots.

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Tom Pyatt is also expected to return to the Ottawa lineup, coming in for the injured Zack Smith.

I would expect Game 3 and subsequent games in this series to be played much tighter defensively. "They were desperate", Boucher said. "Or else we have no chance". "We have to have the urgency and the battle level that we normally have and we've got to match theirs".

Anderson and Ben Harpur's miscommunication set up New York's second goal as both the Ottawa goaltender and his rookie defenceman attempted to play a Zuccarello dump-in behind the net. "When you have it you try and keep it. I'm just trying to play hard and bring that element". The Rangers have won three straight games at MSG.

"We've just got to understand the situation that we're in, we're still down 2-1, we're playing a game in our own building", Rangers defenseman and captain Ryan McDonagh said.

"We have to make sure that we come ready to play ..."

Suddenly, it's the Senators feeling the heat as the momentum has shifted squarely in the direction of the Rangers. "The first 10 minutes of that game is really important tomorrow".

J.T. Miller was the catalyst on the Rangers' fourth goal, driving to the net through a slew of Senators and feeding Lindberg for the tap-in goal on the doorstep that made it 4-0 with 1:43 remaining in the period.

It must have done them good because they put together one of their most complete performances of the postseason, trouncing Ottawa 4-1 in front of the Madison Square Garden crowd.

Lindberg made it 4-0 with 1:43 left in the period.

The Senators have seen their odds on the National Hockey League series prices reduced to -160 after rocketing to -350 following their Game 2 victory.



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