Senators back in conference finals for 1st time in 10 years

Adrian Wyld  The Canadian Press

Rangers need win at home for another shot in Ottawa

The Ottawa Senators have an opportunity to advance to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2007 when they play at the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). Glass, a forward who was scratched in the first two games of the series, has brought an edge to the team. "Sometimes you've got to have a little bit of that".

NY lost at home in Game 5 of the East finals against Tampa Bay in 2015, then won Game 6 on the road before losing at home in the deciding game. That includes Anaheim's memorable three-goal rally against Edmonton on Friday, when the Ducks scored three times with their goaltender pulled before prevailing in overtime.

Playing with a 2-0 lead, Ottawa was more aggressive to start the second period, outshooting the Rangers 6-1 over the first 7 minutes. The seeing-eye shot put the Senators on top for the first time in the game. "And the fourth, we had Pageau".

NY got four power plays on Tuesday, yet failed to score a goal on any of them. Trailing 3-1, they cut it to one in the third period with plenty of time remaining.

Pageau capped the scoring with 6.2 seconds left for his sixth of the series and seventh of the postseason. "The players reloaded emotionally, mentally and physically for (Game 5), and we wanted to do the same in this game. Those are games we have to close out and came back to haunt us". "We gave them away".

Reporters repeatedly asked the Senators players Monday to explain the phenomenon of falling behind early only to steal wins with dramatic comebacks.

Closing in on the 15-minute mark of the first period, however, Mark Stone came over the NY blueline and fired a hard wrist shot that beat Lundqvist to the blocker side.

Senators coach Guy Boucher said his team had been determined to be aggressive after being dominated in their previous two visits to NY in Games 3 and 4.

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Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said too many of his players turned in pedestrian efforts on Saturday. In the same press conference following the game, he said that experience "is only good if you're playing well". The frustration is boiling on the Senators bench and they've had no real answer for the Rangers explosive offense.

Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist couldn't do enough to save his team, stopping 22 of 25 shots on goal in the game and 171 of 189 in the series (.905). That's pretty much what you get from Neil, who recorded 42 shots in 53 games this season, and Ottawa didn't really need it once it took a 2-0 lead in the first period.

The teams ended the second tied 23-23 on the shot clock.

After the Rangers did pump life back in, cutting their deficit to 2-1 in the second period, Karlsson ripped a shot past Henrik Lundqvist-a shot that proved decisive in sending the Rangers into the summer.

New York Rangers' Rick Nash (61) fights for control of the puck with Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson (65) during the second period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in New York.

Craig Anderson made 37 saves on the night. Forwards T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom, and defenseman John Carlson, also scored for the Capitals, who last played a Game 7 in the 2015 Eastern Conference Second Round, a 2-1 loss the Rangers.

He was on his usual point-a-night pace heading into Game 6, when he set up Mike Hoffman to open the scoring and then netted the victor in the second period.

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