The Norris Trophy finalist has been playing through fractures in his left heel all postseason and appeared to aggravate the injury during a sequence of collisions. He was favoring his left leg and didn’t return to the third period with the Rangers leading 3-0.
Senators coach Guy Boucher said keeping Karlsson out was a matter of erring on the side of caution, but a three-goal deficit is hardly insurmountable.
Rinne’s career numbers in the Steel City 5.15 goals-against average, .822 save percentage are dreadful, and as the veteran netminder goes, so too go the Predators.
Lest he be forgotten, Matt Murray also was stellar in net for a 24-save shutout. The 6-0 win will stand as the second-largest shutout in Cup Final history.
Though impressive, the series is far from over. The home team is undefeated in this Stanley Cup Final outscoring the visitor by a 24-6 aggregate and the Predators, 9-1 at home in the playoffs, will have Bridgestone Arena behind them for Sunday’s Game 6.
Drake Caggiula’s goal with 1:42 remaining in regulation forced overtime, but a red-hot Jakob Silfverberg wasted little time tying the series with his seventh goal of the playoffs just 44 seconds into the extra frame. Silfverberg has five goals in the series with at least one in all four games against the Oilers.
Game 4: Rangers at Senators, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN (Senators lead series 2-1)The Rangers finally looked like the Rangers that had 103 regular-season points in Game 3, scoring at will and getting top-notch goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist. Question is, will it carry over? Ottawa once again has a chance to put a stranglehold on the series.