NY is nearly certainly the better team to begin with in this series, and has played like the better team for long stretches of it. Here's a stat: Still down 2-1 after last night's win, the Rangers have now led for 94 minutes, while the Sens have led for 4:51.
Throughout these Stanley Cup playoffs, the Rangers have blown leads at costly times.
Vigneault later added NY has "to win tomorrow", while noting the Rangers "understand what we have to do against (the Senators) to be successful".
"We were just not there, period", Senators coach Guy Boucher said.
Teams that win Game 5 when a series is tied 2-2 have gone on to win 78.7 per cent of the time, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, including a ideal 3-0 in 2017. "I feel good about what we did here, but now we prepare for the toughest game yet, Game 5".
Nick Holden and Chris Kreider scored New York's other goals.
"You have to have that belief".
Lindberg also scored the Rangers' final goal in their Game 3 win.
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"We need to be fast, we need to play with speed, intensity", he said, "and we have to push back". "I thought he was going to shoot it early, but he was strong on the puck and was able to walk it in, so I tried to back off and try to create some space". If he had been even a quarter-second quicker, the game would have still been tied.
"No, for whatever reason, we didn't, kind of, show up", Brassard said. "It was just, 'Keep pushing!"
But the Rangers quickly put the Senators under pressure in Game 3, taking a 2-0 lead thanks to early goals from Mats Zuccarello and Michael Grabner.
Boucher said his philosophy in 6-on-5 situations is simple: "Score". "We're getting too many pucks blocked". The first came on two fine feeds from Erik Karlsson and Clarke MacArthur at 8:17, the latter a fake shot sent cross-ice to Hoffman who buried the shot past Lundqvist.
By comparison, NY has eight skaters who have scored in the series. Ryan left with about 12 minutes left in the game after being struck by a shot. Now they're one game away from going home. The Sens had seven fewer regulation or overtime wins than NY during the regular season and four fewer points, but get home-ice advantage by finishing second in the Atlantic division - as opposed to NY, which landed the first wild-card spot after finishing behind Washington, Pittsburgh and Columbus. The Senators made two lineup changes, with D Chris Wideman and C Tom Pyatt each appearing in his first game of the series, in the place of D Fredrik Claesson and C Tommy Wingels.
Lindberg also scored the Rangers' final goal in their Game 3 win, with Glass picking up an assist.
"We got smacked around in New York", Stone said. After blowing leads in Games 1 and 2, the Rangers had back-to-back 4-1 victories to even the series.
Boucher has been playing the role of underdog throughout this series and he didn't miss a chance to throw it out in the moments after the win Saturday. "We needed to win today because we know it's going to be very hard there".