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Senators 3, Rangers 2 (OT)

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OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators hoped Kyle Turris could become a good second-line center for them when he was acquired in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes back in December.

Against the New York Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Wednesday, he was the Senators' first star.

Turris took a drop pass from Jim O'Brien and whipped a wrist shot over Henrik Lundqvist's glove hand at 2:42 of overtime to give Ottawa a 3-2 win at Scotiabank Place.

It was a remarkable comeback for the Senators, who had trailed 2-0 after the first period.

The win, in front of 20,340 fans, evens the series 2-2, with Game 5 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

Lundqvist, who faced 33 shots, made a great save off a Chris Phillips shot with about eight minutes left in the third to keep the game tied at 2.

Craig Anderson made 31 saves to earn the win.

The crowd was silenced early by the Rangers' power play. Zack Smith was called for boarding at the 39-second mark of the first period, and 10 seconds later, Anton Stralman opened the scoring. His shot seemed to catch Craig Anderson by surprise after the Senators goalie took the initial blast by Brad Richards off the shoulder.

With Erik Karlsson off for tripping five minutes later, the Senators failed to take advantage of a couple of opportunities to clear the zone. Ryan Callahan made them pay, whacking a shot past Anderson from the side of the net at 6:10 mark of the first.

Momentum swung back Ottawa's way in the second period.

The team's top goal scorer during the regular season, Milan Michalek picked up his first of the playoffs with a soft backhand after being sent in by Matt Carkner, who had just stepped out of the penalty box.

The Senators took control of the action and nearly tied it up shortly afterward, but Smith's backhand toward the open side went wide.

The roller-coaster ride of emotions for Ottawa continued late in the middle period, when star center Jason Spezza went down hard after taking a shot to the head from New York defenseman Marc Staal. No penalty was called on the play, but the Senators rallied around the incident. Ottawa was on a power play with 2:10 left in the period when Sergei Gonchar's point blast sneaked through Lundqvist's pads to send the teams into the third tied 2-2.

Speeza returned to action to start the final period.

NOTES: Lundqvist is a non-believer of the much-talked-about Sports Illustrated cover jinx, which is a good thing considering he was on the front of the edition heading into the playoffs. "I don't think anything about it," he said Wednesday morning. "It was fun to be on the cover. I think it's good for hockey to get some exposure. It's a great magazine. I'm happy about it." The magazine picked Pittsburgh and Vancouver to meet in the Stanley Cup final.

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