NEWS
04/18/2012 10:38 EDT | Updated 06/18/2012 05:12 EDT

Turris scores in overtime as Senators even series with Rangers at 2-2

OTTAWA - Kyle Turris scored at 2:42 of overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers Wednesday night.

The Senators tied their Eastern Conference quarter-final series 2-2. Game 5 is Saturday in New York.

Milan Michalek and Sergei Gonchar also scored for the Senators. Craig Anderson stopped 31 shots.

Anton Stralman and Ryan Callahan scored for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves.

Both teams had great opportunities to go ahead in the third period. Ottawa created a flurry of chances in the final minute, but was unable to beat Lundqvist. New York’s best opportunity came with just over five minutes remaining when Nick Foligno was given a tripping penalty, but the Senators managed to kill it off.

Anderson made huge stops on Brian Boyle and Brad Richards early in the period to keep the Senators hopes alive, while Lundqvist made a huge save on Chris Phillips with just over seven minutes remaining.

Ottawa cut the Rangers' lead to 2-1 at the seven-minute mark of the second as Matt Carkner, coming out of the penalty box, took a pass from Jason Spezza and fed it to Michalek, who backhanded it over Lundqvist’s right shoulder.

The crowd of 20,340 at Scotiabank Place went on to give Ottawa a standing ovation for over three minutes.

With Ottawa on the power play late in the period Senators fans went crazy when Marc Staal caught Spezza in the face with a stick and then gave him an elbow to the head and no penalty was called. Spezza was hunched over when the hit took place, and he went down hard and left the game. He returned for the start of the third.

Ottawa tied the game on the same power play as Gonchar's shot from the top of the faceoff circle made it through traffic and past Lundqvist.

The Senators were forced to play without Jesse Winchester for the third as he suffered an upper body injury in the second. Winchester played a team low 5:44 through two periods.

Coming into the game the Rangers were 1-for-11 with the man advantage and had talked about the need to improve that aspect of special teams. They did just that, scoring two power play goals in the first period.

The Rangers took the lead at the 49-second mark of the first on Stralman's power play goal. Just over five minutes later the Rangers made it 2-0 with their second power play goal as Callahan was left all alone at the side of the net to bang in Gaborik’s rebound.

Notes: Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in attendance. The Senators were without RW Daniel Alfredsson (concussion, day-to-day), C Peter Regin (shoulder, out for season). D Matt Gilroy, LW Kaspars Daugavins and C Rob Klinkhammer were a healthy scratch. The Rangers were without D Michael Sauer (concussion, indefinitely) and D Steve Eminger (right ankle, day-to-day), RW Mats Zuccarello (fractured left wrist, out indefinitely). LW Carl Hagelin served his second of a three-game suspension. LW John Scott, D Jeff Woywitka and C Chad Kolarik were a healthy scratch.