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Rapid Reaction: Senators 3, Rangers 2 (OT)


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At a glance: Falling in overtime for the second time in three games, the Rangers let a 2-0 lead disappear as the Senators rallied to win Game 4 in overtime 3-2 and even the series before heading back to New York. Ottawa's Kyle Turris scored the game-winner at 2:42 to bury the Rangers for their seventh straight overtime loss in the playoffs. The Blueshirts dominated the Eastern Conference for most of the season, but haven't been able to shake the pesky Sens in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Eighth-seeded Ottawa returns to Broadway on Monday looking for an upset in what has been a tightly matched series.

Senators control second: Trailing 2-0 after the first period, the Senators dominated the second and tied the game heading into the third. Bruising defenseman Matt Carkner emerged from the penalty box to feed Milan Michalek for his first playoff goal of 2012 at 7:04. Sergei Gonchar followed up with a shot from the blue line that trickled past Henrik Lundqvist for a game-tying power-play goal with 2:10 remaining.

False alarm: Already missing captain Daniel Alfredsson, the Senators witnessed a scary sight when first-line center Jason Spezza was forced from the game after getting rocked by Rangers defenseman Marc Staal late in the second. Spezza returned in the third, but forward Jesse Winchester did not. He left the game with an upper-body injury.

Alfredsson out: The Senators were without captain Daniel Alfredsson for the second straight game. Alfredsson has not played since suffering a concussion in Game 1 from Carl Hagelin’s high hit. Hagelin served the second of a three-game suspension earned for his elbowing major; he is eligible to return for Game 6, if necessary.

First take: With Anton Stralman’s power-play marker 49 seconds into the game, the Rangers have now scored the first goal in all four games of this series.

Power-play prowess: The Rangers tallied two power-play goals in the first 6:10 of the first. Following Stralman’s second man-up goal of the postseason, Ryan Callahan buried a rebound at the left post for a 2-0 lead with 13:50 to play. The Rangers have recorded three power-play goals in the series.

Up Next: Rangers vs. Senators, Saturday at 7 p.m.