Senators take ‘Nintendo’ approach, hit reset after slow start

When the New York Rangers took a 2-0 lead on two power-play goals just six minutes into Wednesday’s game, goaltender Craig Anderson said the Ottawa Senators had to think they were playing a video game and hit the reset button.

Senators take ‘Nintendo’ approach, hit reset after slow start

OTTAWA — When the New York Rangers took a 2-0 lead on two power-play goals just six minutes into Wednesday’s game, goaltender Craig Anderson said the Ottawa Senators had to think they were playing a video game and hit the reset button.

“It’s like when you’re a kid and you’re playing Nintendo and you have a bad start to the game, you turn it off and then turn it on, try to go back at it again,” he said.

“Mentally we had to do that. We had to hit the reset button and go forward and gets ourselves back in the game.”

They did, too.

Milan Michalek and Sergei Gonchar, on the power play, scored second-period goals to tie the game and eventually send it into overtime, where Kyle Turris would score just 2:42 in to give the Senators a 3-2 victory.

It evened the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series 2-2. The fifth game will be Saturday night in New York.

Turris beat Henrik Lundqvist with a high shot from the left circle.

This victory broke a seven-game losing streak at home for the Senators, and was their first playoff win without Daniel Alfredsson in the lineup.

There was another bit of serendipity to the win.

Eight years ago Wednesday, Mike Fisher scored in double overtime to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 and send that series to seven games. That was the teamÕs last OT victory at home.

Anton Stralman and Ryan Callahan, both on the power play, scored for the Rangers. Lundqvist faced 31 shots while Anderson faced 33.

The victory came at a cost. Senators forward Jesse Winchester left the game with what was called an upper-body injury. Since he just returned after being out for almost four months with a concussion, it might be a fair assumption to make that he has suffered another one.

There was no update on his condition after the game.

With the number of chances he’s missed in this series, it was fitting that Turris finally scored. He credited coach Paul MacLean with keeping him loose.

“You have to have a short-term memory and can’t let it affect your confidence,” he said.

“Coach MacLean has come up to me in practice and said ‘don’t panic, it’s going to come.’”

“This morning at pre-game skate and (Tuesday) at practice I was kind of fighting the puck a little, and he came up and said ‘don’t get down on yourself, you’re a good player, the puck’s going to come to you, and don’t worry about it.”

“Stuff like that gives you all the confidence in the world and maybe allowed me to score the goal tonight.”

MacLean said Turris deserves the applause.

“I don’t deserve any credit at all,” said MacLean.

“He’s out there playing. I mean, I’ve seen him shoot the puck and tonight he proved he can really shoot it.”

Jason Spezza said the team demonstrated its resiliency once again.

“We got down two and we didn’t loose our composure, and we played real good hockey after that.

“I think that’s a testament to how this team has been all year. We’ve got big goals from lots of different guys and that’s playoff hockey.”

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