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Lindberg, Glass Lead Way in Game 4 Win Over Ottawa

Rangers Even Series at 2-2

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia /

Head coach Alain Vigneault does not like to use the term 'fourth line,' and after Thursday's 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators that evened their best-of-seven series, 2-2, it's obvious why.

The Oscar Lindberg line combined for five points, including two goals from Lindberg and a pair assists from Tanner Glass to help turn the series into a best-of-three.

Game 5 is Saturday afternoon in Ottawa.

"I've said this many times this year that in today's game you have to have four lines that can play," Vigneault said. "Definitely tonight Oscar's line came up big for us with a couple big plays. If you expect to win, you're going to need contributions from your whole team and we definitely got that tonight."

After scoring eight goals in 65 regular season games, Lindberg has three goals in his last two contests.

"I don't know. Coincidence?" Lindberg said when asked about his increase in goal production. "I think our line has been doing a really good job too getting pucks back from the forecheck. We had two good chances today and we were able to bare down."

Video: OTT@NYR, Gm4: Lindberg sweeps in Grabner's dish

The first big chance came early in the second period. With the Rangers up 1-0 on a first period goal from Nick Holden, Lindberg broke in on a 2-on-1 with Michael Grabner, who fed the Swede with a last-second pass Lindberg one-timed past Craig Anderson to extend the Rangers' advantage to 2-0.

Lindberg's second of the night came at 15:54 of the middle frame when he fired a shot from the top of the circle that beat Anderson low and just inside the post to put the Rangers ahead by three.

Glass picked up assists on both Lindberg tallies for the first multi-point playoff game of his career.

"Look at these assists," he said with a laugh. "They are not exactly play-making assists. They are just kind of the gritty, grinding game I bring. Sometimes it ends up in the back of the net."

Video: OTT@NYR, Gm4: Kreider finishes five-hole for PPG

Chris Kreider added a power play goal at 10:45 of the third period to ice the game. 

Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves for the win, with his best save coming on Mark Stone early in the third period. His only blemish was a goal by Kyle Turris with 6:26 left in the third.

Video: OTT@NYR, Gm4: Lundqvist kicks out pad to deny Stone

The Rangers had nine players with at least a point in Game 4, just 48 hours after reaching that feat in Game 3.

"I think when you look at the last winners or good teams that make it far [in the playoffs], they have guys that can score on the third and fourth line and chip in and play also shutdown sort of roles," Grabner said. "I think in the playoffs you need all four lines and six D going and obviously your goalie is standing on his head. That's what we've been doing."

Through four games and 262:54 of game time, the Rangers have trailed for just 4:11, all of which was back in Game 1. They've led for 149:56.

But with that said, the series is still even heading back to Ottawa, where New York will have to win at least one road game if it wants to advance to the Eastern Conference Final.

"We took it a game at time," Vigneault said. "Now we're turning the page on this one. Tomorrow we're going to have a couple good meetings and we're going to focus for an afternoon game in Ottawa." 

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