OTTAWA — This entire series couldn’t have gone without Derick Brassard landing a gut-punch to his former Ranger teammates, and he landed one on Saturday, getting credit for the tying goal with 1:26 left in regulation of the Rangers’ 5-4, Game 5 loss, batting a rebound out of the air before the puck hit three Rangers and went in.
“We’ve been talking all the rebounds with (Henrik) Lundqvist. Everything high is coming in front,” Brassard said. “I was just coming from the bench with kind of some speed. I just went into the slot there, I just batted it out of the air and I got lucky. We’ll take it obviously.”
Brassard had been having little impact in the series since Game 1, but he came through after hopping on as the extra attacker when Senators goaltender Craig Anderson went to the bench.
Kyle Turris’ overtime winner at 6:28 was reviewed by the NHL to see if Turris was offside before the goal, but call on the ice was upheld.
“After reviewing all available replays and consulting with the linesman, NHL Hockey Operations staff confirmed that Turris had possession and control of the puck as he entered the attacking zone prior to the goal,” an NHL statement said.
“According to Rule 83.1, ‘a player actually controlling the puck who shall cross the line ahead of the puck shall not be considered ‘off-side,’ provided he had possession and control of the puck prior to his skates crossing the blue line.’”
The NHL’s hockey operations initiate reviews in the final minute of the third and at any point in overtime on plays that would be subject to a coach’s challenge.
ECSTASY TO AGONY
The Rangers thought they might’ve won at 4:12 of overtime when Michael Grabner scored, but the goal was waved off because Grabner hit the puck in with a high stick. Kevin Hayes’ pass was deflected up in the air before Grabner’s no-goal.
BRINGING THE PAIN
Guy Boucher dusted off 37-year-old goon Chris Neil for his first game of the playoffs and just his second game since Feb. 26. When Tanner Glass was penalized for interference early in the second, Neil raced over and began punching Glass. Neil cost Ottawa a power play with a roughing infraction and a 10-minute misconduct.
FOUR THE FIRST TIME
The Rangers scored at least four goals in four or more consecutive playoff games for the first time since 1994, when they did it in six straight beginning with the first round against the Islanders.