Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who had four goals in Ottawa's 6-5 double-overtime win in Game 2, scored again for the Senators, and
Game 4 is Thursday night.
Looking to avoid falling into a 0-3 series hole and with the home crowd buzzing from the singing of the national anthems, the Rangers came out aggressive from the start. They outshot the Senators 15-5 in the first period while building a 2-0 lead.
Ottawa came out with more intensity in the second period, getting the first three shots of the period. The Senators had a 12-9 advantage on shots in the middle period but fell further behind on the scoreboard.
Lundqvist, who leads all goalies with 289 saves in the playoffs, made a nice stick save in the opening minute of the second on Pageau, and both goalies made some nice stops through the middle of the period to keep the score 2-0.
Nash then increased the Rangers' lead with his 15th career postseason goal — third this year — with 7:39 remaining in the middle period. After the Senators'
Lindberg made it 4-0 with 1:43 left in the period.
Pageau then spoiled Lundqvist's shutout bid just 32 seconds later as he got a pass from
Zuccarello got the crowd fired up when he got New York on the scoreboard 5:31 into the game.
Grabner made it 2-0 with 6:36 left in the opening period. Zuccarello sent the puck along the boards on the left side behind the Ottawa net and Grabner got it, came out and put in a wraparound before Anderson, who had gone to his right, could recover.
Lundqvist had a nice glove save on Karlsson with about 3 1/2 minutes to go, and Anderson stopped Zibanejad in front with less than 2 minutes remaining.
The Rangers have won at least one game in 21 straight postseason series since being swept by New Jersey in the first round in 2006, setting a franchise record. The previous mark of 20 was set from the quarterfinals vs. Boston in 1970 to the quarterfinals vs. St. Louis in 1981.
Nashville 2, St. Louis 1
Joel Edmundson scored with 3:49 left as St. Louis avoided the shutout. Blues coach Mike Yeo pulled Allen late, but they couldn't beat Rinne again. Allen finished with 23 saves as the Blues lost consecutive road games for the first time since Feb. 28 and March 3.
Game 5 is Friday night in St. Louis.
The Predators got the first goal of the game after a scuffle along the boards in front of the Nashville bench put Edmundson and forward
Ellis tied the franchise record with a point in his seventh straight playoff game.
Just after Ellis' goal, Predators defenseman
Allen got help from the crossbar on a shot by Neal and Viktor Arvidsson hit a post. Neal finally scored his second this postseason intercepting the puck, spinning and hitting the top corner with a wrister.
That proved to be the game-winning goal after Edmundson scored with a shot from the left circle through two players in front that banked in past Rinne, giving the Blues a chance.
With a late start, the Predators tapped one of their original fans in country star Vince Gill to sing the anthem along with his daughters, and golfer
Former Jets and Bills coach
This was the first game of this series to go scoreless through the first 40 minutes thanks to dazzling saves by both goalies.
Rinne opened the game easily gloving a shot by