New York Rangers Collapse Late Again, Fall 5-4 to Ottawa Senators in OT in Game 5 (Highlights)
May 6, 2017; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; The Ottawa Senators celebrate goal scored by left wing Mike Hoffman (68) as New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) skates past in the second period of game five in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Again, collapsing late, the New York Rangers fell to the Ottawa Senators by the final of 5-4 in Game 5 of the second-round series.

  • New York Rangers 4 (2-3)
  • Ottawa Senators 5 (3-2)
  • Stanley Cup Playoffs, Round 2
  • Game 5, Final, Box Score
  • Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Canada

The theme of the series is firmly planted: Every time the New York Rangers score a goal or two, the Ottawa Senators fight back. It’s an obvious theme considering the Rangers have led the series for almost the entirety of it.

It happened again on Sunday in Game 5 and unfortunately for the Rangers, their theme of collapsing late in games also continued.

Up 4-3 with a little over a minute left, they allowed Derick Brassard to tie things up and Kyle Turris to win it at the 6:28 mark of overtime.

The game-winner went down after J.T. Miller hit the crossbar and Michael Grabner actually put one in the net in OT, but it was immediately waived off thanks to a high-stick (above the crossbar).

For the Rangers, just add another heartbreaking defeat onto the playoff ledger. It’s especially tough to swallow considering how well they jumped out in Game 5.

The Rangers struck first and did it twice. Both Jesper Fast and Nick Holden provided New York with a two-goal lead just 5:13 into the game.

Ottawa answered in the form of Mark Stone under a minute later and then scored two times within 37 seconds in the second period to take a 3-2 lead. Mike Hoffman and Tom Pyatt picked up those two tallies.

In a change of pace, New York was forced to answer back. Answer back they did when Ryan McDonagh slapped one towards the net and picked up the credit for the equalizer.

Interestingly enough, there was rough stuff in this one. Each team saw three power plays and neither could capitalize on any of them.

Chris Neill made his triumphant return to the lineup in grand fashion, hurting his own team’s chances of scoring.

By attacking Tanner Glass, he received a 10-minute misconduct and a roughing call and then promptly never played the rest of the game.

All Glass could do was laugh.

In the third, it Jimmy Vesey who looked to be the hero after he hustled in front of the net and jumped on a rebound. At first, it looked as though Craig Anderson came up with the legendary effort, but after video review, Vesey picked up his first playoff goal.

All told, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 of 37 shots. Anderson came up with 29 saves.

With the series now 3-2 in favor of Ottawa, the two teams will get together at Madison Square Garden for Game 6 Tuesday night.

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