Originally posted on Red Light District Hockey  |  Last updated 4/19/12

With their injured captain out and the team down two goals less than six minutes into Game 4, the Ottawa Senators looked to be in serious danger of falling behind 3-games-to-1 while on the verge of being a first-round casualty vs. the top-seeded New York Rangers.

A few hours later, that all changed.

Kyle Turris’ game-winner 2:42 into overtime completed the improbable comeback on home ice for the eighth seeded Sens, who in the process knotted their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series up against the heavily favored Rangers at two games apiece.

So can the Sens actually win this thing? Here’s a look at three reasons why they just might.

CRAIG ANDERSON

In order to pull off the playoff upset, your goaltender has to be your best player while keeping your team close enough to squeeze out a win or three. Anderson has done just that. Following a very so-so performance in Game 1 (4-2 loss @ NYR), Anderson has rebounded with stellar play between the pipes, posting a 2.24 GAA and .922 Sv% so far in the series. He’s been arguably every bit as good – if not better – than NYR’s Henrik Lundqvist so far and if he can keep his solid play up, the Sens could indeed shock the hockey world and take a serious bite out of the Big Apple.

RESILIENCE AND CHARACTER

After losing captain Daniel Alfredsson in Game 2 to a concussion, most experts figured the Sens were dead in the water without him in the lineup. Factor in an abysmal start to Game 4, falling behind by two goals in the opening minutes, and the Sens easily could have folded their tent and said, “I guess it’s not our year, fellas.” Well, I guess not. Head Coach Paul MacLean did a masterful job of settling his team down, allowing them rally to tie the game and later the series, an indication of the kind of heart and resolve that this team possesses. While on paper they may not match up to the powerhouse Rangers, the Sens have proven they won’t be pushed around and at this point, they’re not going away either. When you have everybody buying into a system, you can beat anyone on any given night in the NHL. MacLean’s work in his first-year in Ottawa is nothing short of remarkable, and he’s proving now exactly why he’s in the running for the Jack Adams award.

MOMENTUM & MICHALEK

The Senators not only evened the series with a dramatic, come-from-behind win in Game 4, but they were able to get a couple of huge gorillas off their backs in the process. Not only did the win snap an embarrassing seven-game playoff home losing streak, but the team’s top goal scorer, Milan Michalek, also got off the schneid with his first of the postseason, both major positives for the Sens moving forward. The Sens need goals and Michalek is just the kind of streaky scorer who could start coming through at just the right time for Ottawa.

It just goes to show that really anything can happen in a short series in the NHL playoffs. If the Senators can keep the remaining games close and relatively low scoring, they’ve got a legitimate chance of scoring a first-round upset over the Rangers.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Madden 17's live commentary tackles Kaepernick controversy

Nationals' Stephen Strasburg expected to return next week

WATCH: Footage surfaces from Tim Tebow’s baseball workout

Teddy Bridgewater suffers serious knee injury at practice?

EON Sports strikes VR partnerships with Miami, PSU

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mike Tyson accused of stealing ice cream treat at U.S. Open

Calvin Johnson to join DWTS, sister says he ‘can’t dance’

Eagles rookie nixes anthem protest after talking to agent

Report: Romo has no ligament damage, to resume training soon

Michael Phelps to be honored with unique Wheaties box

Woman suing Brewers after being struck by foul ball

WATCH: Lorenzo Neal on the one move that caused the demise of the Chargers

Teddy Bridgewater injury puts Vikings' plans up in the air

The hottest MLB pitchers headed into September sprint

Kanye West, Saint Pablo Tour and the anti-celebrity

WATCH: John Randle on the first time he talked trash in the NFL

The hottest hitters in MLB heading into September sprint

Who has the most to prove at the US Open?

Vontaze Burfict on Steelers: ‘I don’t give no f—s about them’

Alistair Overeem: Brock Lesnar will never return to UFC

Top five Heisman Trophy candidates for 2016

Five young NFL players set to explode in 2016

A sports history of not standing up for the national anthem

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Lorenzo Neal on the one move that caused the demise of the Chargers

The hottest MLB pitchers headed into September sprint

West-ern Literature: How Kanye's fans find meaning in between the lines

Madden 17's live commentary tackles Kaepernick controversy

Kanye West, Saint Pablo Tour and the anti-celebrity

WATCH: John Randle on the first time he talked trash in the NFL

The hottest hitters in MLB heading into September sprint

Who has the most to prove at the US Open?

A sports history of not standing up for the national anthem

Premier League notebook: The love affair at Man U

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker