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Senators complete another crazy comeback to defeat Rangers in OT


Another comeback overtime win has the Ottawa Senators on the verge of making the Eastern Conference Final.

Kyle Turris didn’t have a four-goal performance like his teammate Jean-Gabriel Pageau did exactly one week ago, but he played the overtime hero by beating Henrik Lundqvist with a shot under the left pad to give Ottawa a 5-4 victory and a 3-2 series lead.

The Senators trailed 2-0 early in the first period. They gave up a late goal to Jimmy Vesey — his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal, just getting the puck over the goal line on a play that initially looked like a tremendous Craig Anderson glove save — to spot the Rangers yet another lead.

But just like they did a week ago, the Senators conjured the magic for yet another thrilling comeback. Derick Brassard tied it on a crazy scramble in front of Lundqvist with under 1:30 left in regulation, setting up the stage for the Turris winner — a play that, of course, was reviewed for a potential offside.

The review didn’t last very long as officials quickly deemed it was a good goal, determining that Turris had control of the puck as he entered the zone.

Ottawa can clinch the series Tuesday in New York. The Senators certainly didn’t look good on the road earlier in this series, outscored 8-2 in Games 3 and 4 at Madison Square Garden.

Video: Chris Neil jumps Tanner Glass


Tanner Glass was getting the penalty, and the Ottawa Senators were getting a power play in the second period of a pivotal Game 5.

That was until Chris Neil, playing for only the second time since the end of February, decided to rush in, drop the gloves and grab Glass, taking him to the ice — a decision that took Ottawa off the upcoming power play.

The incident occurred after Glass, the Rangers forward, drilled Dion Phaneuf with a massive, late hit behind the net. Neil took exception and made a beeline for Glass, as mayhem ensued.

Neil was given a roughing minor and a misconduct.

Cam Talbot: ‘Maybe I need to start’ flopping and diving to get a goalie interference call


Cam Talbot had some harsh words following Edmonton’s overtime loss to Anaheim, specifically about the Ducks’ first goal, which was reviewed for possible goalie interference.

The Oilers goalie had Corey Perry right in front of him and there appeared to be contact between the two on Ryan Getzlaf‘s goal, but officials deemed after a challenge and video review that there was no interference, allowing the goal to stand.

That started the Ducks’ comeback. They eventually defeated the Oilers 4-3 in OT to even the series 2-2 as it shifts back to Anaheim.

“I don’t know what else to say on that one,” Talbot told reporters.

“I mean, I try to play with integrity and not flop and dive. I don’t get the call. Maybe I need to start doing that to get the call. I don’t know what else to do on that one. He clearly hits my blocker and my pad and no way I can make that save.”

Talbot made 35 saves in the loss.

Ryan Getzlaf dominates in Ducks OT win over Oilers


The Connor McDavid Show suddenly gave way to the Ryan Getzlaf Show in Game 4 between the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks.

After McDavid and the Oilers skated the visitors into the ice in the opening period, gaining a two-goal lead and firing up the home crowd, the 31-year-old Getzlaf was the catalyst for a dominant second period from the Ducks, who outshot Edmonton 21-5 in that span and took the lead.

They have also come back to tie the series 2-2 with a 4-3 overtime victory on Wednesday. Getzlaf wasn’t the overtime hero. That title belonged to Jakob Silfverberg.

But Getzlaf had the primary assist on the winner, setting up a wide open Silfverberg — how was he so wide open? — for a slap shot blast 45 seconds into the overtime. That capped off a four-point night — two goals and two assists — for Getzlaf, who was sensational.

Sure, there was controversy.

Getzlaf’s first goal of the night was challenged by Oilers coach Todd McLellan because of Corey Perry‘s, um, presence right in front of Cam Talbot. But officials determined after a rather lengthy review that there was no goaltender interference, resulting in the goal.

That first Anaheim goal also resulted in Oilers forward Jordan Eberle getting pushed down through the lineup. He was, per multiple accounts, demoted to the fourth line following that shift.

This underlines an increasingly important issue for the Oilers, as this series shifts back to Anaheim for Game 5:

As pointed out by David Amber of Sportsnet, Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have yet to score a goal in these playoffs. Eberle has just two assists and Nugent-Hopkins has three assists, which is underwhelming to say the least, especially for two players pulling in $6 million per year.

McLellan has already singled out Eberle for his lack of production in these playoffs, and kept the 26-year-old forward to 11:39 of ice time in Game 4.

More production from those two forwards, one would think, would also help alleviate the pressure on Connor McDavid and give the Ducks more to worry about beyond Edmonton’s star.

Game 5 goes Friday in Anaheim.

Injury-riddled Penguins put Capitals on brink of elimination


If the Pittsburgh Penguins were seeking revenge against the Washington Capitals for the injury to Sidney Crosby, they achieved it on the score board Wednesday.

The Penguins entered Game 4 against their rivals without Crosby and Conor Sheary, and have been without Kris Letang and Matt Murray for the entirety of the post-season. Yet Pittsburgh has the 2017 Presidents’ Trophy winners on the ropes — again — after holding on for a 3-2 victory.

The Penguins can end the series and advance to the Eastern Conference Final with a win Saturday in Washington.

For the Capitals, they are once again on the verge of getting eliminated by the Penguins in the second round.

On Wednesday, they failed to take advantage of an injury-riddled Penguins team in the first period, encountered some bad luck on Dmitry Orlov‘s own-goal in the second, and then couldn’t find the equalizer in the third against Marc-Andre Fleury, who continues to provide solid goaltending for Pittsburgh in the absence of Murray.

The Penguins were outshot 38-19. Immediately after scoring their second goal, taking a 2-0 lead, they were dominated by the Capitals in puck possession, meaning Fleury was heavily relied upon in the second half of this game.

He was busy, but his best saves came against Lars Eller in front of the net in the third period, throwing down the right pad to make not one but two stops to deny Eller a goal.

It’s a good bet the Capitals won’t be pleased with the officiating at the end of the game, after T.J. Oshie was called for high sticking Nick Bonino.

Oshie’s stick caught Bonino on the shoulder. The Penguins forward snapped his head back and grabbed his mouth, drawing the penalty at a time when Washington was looking to pull the goalie for an extra attacker.