Rangers Vs. Senators, Game 7: New York Holds Off Ottawa To Win Game 7, 2-1

The Rangers earned a 3-2 victory over Ottawa Monday, forcing a seventh game in their Eastern Conference playoff series

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Rangers Vs. Senators Final Score: New York Holds Off Ottawa, 2-1, In Game 7

Thanks to two second-period goals by Marc Staal and Dan Girardi and a stellar third-period effort by goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who made 27 saves, the New York Rangers defeated the Ottawa Senators, 2-1, in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The Rangers advance to face the Washington Capitals in the conference's semifinal round.

Girardi's goal 9 minutes, 41 seconds into the second period proved to be the game-winner, but it was the third-period performance of Lundqvist (nine saves in the final 20 minutes, a majority fantastic) that cemented the do-or-die victory for the Rangers.

In the end, New York relied on its defense and grind-it-out style to pull off the win.

"They're a good team," captain Ryan Callahan said after the game to NBC Sports Network. "They have a lot of offense."

Callahan and Derek Stephan, who found a seam between the legs of Sergei Gonchar, assisted on Staal's first goal, while Brandon Dubinksy and Brandon Prust collected apples on Girardi's score.

The Senators' lone goal was scored on a power-play in the second period by Daniel Alfredsson, who capitalized on a cross-checking penalty on the Rangers' Michael Del Zotto.

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Rangers Vs. Senators Score, Game 7: New York Leads Ottawa, 2-1, After 2nd Period

Marc Staal and Dan Girardi each scored goals in the second period for the New York Rangers, which now lead the Ottawa Senators 2-1 after 40 minutes of play in Game 7 of a Eastern Conference quarterfinal contest at Madison Square Garden. The winner advance to the conference semifinals.

Staal scored the games' first goal just four minutes into the second period on a one-timer setup by Derek Stepan, who dished out a nice, cross-ice assists between the legs of Sens' defender Sergei Gonchar. Girardi scored on a slap-shot three minutes later to give New York a 2-0 advantage.

The Senators answered with a power-play goal by Daniel Alfredsson, who capitalized on a cross-checking penalty on the Rangers' Michael Del Zotto.

Overall, the Rangers out-shot the Senators 12-8 in the second period and now lead in total shots-on-goal, 20-18.

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Rangers Vs. Senators, Game 7 Score: New York, Ottawa End First Period In 0-0 Tie

It was a tale of two momentum swings in the first period of Game 7 between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators, which ended in a 0-0 tie at Madison Square Garden. The winner moves onto the Eastern Conference semifinals and one step closer to the Stanly Cup Final.

Overall, the Senators out-shot the Rangers10-8, but New York had solid opportunities to score in the opening minutes. Scoring opportunities featured: Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson leaving an open net but the puck couldn't find itself over the goaline; and then Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik on a 2-on-1 breakaway that resulted in Anderson blocking a Gaborik shot, then a Carl Hagelin rebound.

Ottawa did have the only power-play opportunity, as Brandon Dubinksy went off for two minutes for holding with about four minutes remaining. However, the Rangers defense didn't allow a good scoring opportunity.

But from there, the Senators pelted the Rangers with shot-after-shot and New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist held tough.

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Senators Vs. Rangers, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 6: New York Forces Games 7 With 3-2 Win

The New York Rangers awoke from their scoring funk just in time, scoring three goals in the second period to defeat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Series on Monday night. The win forced a Game 7 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, with the winner advancing to the second round of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Rangers benefitted twice off of a powerplay that had been anemic entering the game. Craig Anderson hadn't allowed a goal since the 6:10 mark in the first period of Game 4, but was finally beaten by Derek Stepan 8:55 into the second. With New York down 1-0, Stepan received a nice cross-ice pass from Brad Richards for the tip-in.

Stepan finished with three points on the night, after picking up an assist on each of the Rangers' next two goals. The first and final put New York up 3-1 in the waning seconds of the second period. Another nice feed found rookie Chris Kreider, who recorded the first goal of his promising career.

Henrik Lundqvist was outstanding throughout the game, but especially in the third period where he stopped the first 13 shots he faced including several from point-blank. He proved human eventually in the waning seconds of the game, however. The Sens had six skaters with Anderson on the bench, and Jason Spezza was able to punch the puck in net with 38 seconds until the end of regulation. The play went to video review when replay apparently showed the puck going off the skate of Chris Neil. The goal stood, however, bringing Ottawa back within one goal.

Ultimately it didn't matter. The Rangers held on for the 3-2 win to send the game back to New York.



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2012 NHL Playoffs, Rangers Vs. Senators, Game 4: Kyle Turris' Overtime Goal Gives Ottawa 3-2 Win, Ties Series

The New York Rangers had a chance to take a 3-1 lead in their 2012 NHL Playoffs Eastern Conference opening round series with the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night. Instead, the Senators evened things up at two games apiece with an overtime goal from Kyle Turris that gave them a 3-2 win.

Turris came racing down the left side of the ice at the 2:42 mark in the first overtime period. Bearing down on Rangers goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist, who had been solid in net all night, Turris flicked a wrister into the net for his first career overtime goal, in either the regular season or the playoffs. It was his first goal of the series as well. Video of the game-winning goal below.

Anton Stralman and Ryan Callahan scored in the first for the Rangers, giving the Blueshirts a 2-0 lead with two periods left to play. Milan Michalek and Sergei Gonchar tied it in the second period, and the teams skated to a stalemate in the third.

Tied at 2-2, the series returns to Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

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Senators Vs. Rangers, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 3: Henrik Lundqvist Spectacular In 1-0 Win

The New York Rangers won Game 3 of their opening series against the Ottawa Senators in the 2012 NHL Playoffs. Henrik Lundqvist was sensational, stopping all 39 shots against at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. Lundqvist especially shined in the closing seconds of the game, when he stopped two great scoring opportunities by Kyle Turris with the Senators using six skaters.

It was Brian Boyle who finally broke the scoreless tie that held for over 47 minutes. An odd bounce off the side piping of the net went straight to Boyle's stick, and then he backhanded the puck across the face of Craig Anderson into the net to put the Rangers up 1-0 for good.

New York caught Anderson napping on the play, but to put any blame on the goaltender would be unfair. He was just as good in net as Lundqvist for most of the night, turning back 22 of 23 shots faced. The Senators survived a scare earlier in the second period, as Ruslan Fedotenko and Brandon Prust were able to get the puck behind Anderson but were somehow unable to put it in the net.

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With the win, the Rangers take a 2-1 lead in the series. The two teams will face off in Ottawa for Game 4 on Wednesday, before going back to Madison Square Garden for Game 5.



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Carl Hagelin Suspended 3 Games For Hit On Daniel Alfredsson

Carl Hagelin has been suspended for the next three games of the New York Rangers' 2012 NHL Playoffs series against the Ottawa Senators after elbowing Daniel Alfredsson in the head and knocking the forward out of the game during Game 2 on Saturday. Brendan Shanahan explained how the suspension was reached in the video below.

Alfredsson's status for the upcoming games is still unknown, though he looked very shaken coming off the ice. Shanahan said the league factored in that an injury was sustained on the play, as well as that Hagelin has not been suspended previously in determining the length of the suspension. Hagelin did receive a five-minute major penalty for the hit midway through the second period.

With the series heading to Ottawa for two games, Hagelin's absence could be huge. The rookie forward recorded an assist Thursday night. The Rangers may use another rookie, Chris Kreider, to fill Hagelin's spot in the lineup.

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Rangers Vs. Senators, 2012 NHL Playoffs: New York Falls To An Overtime Goal Against Ottawa

The New York Rangers lost to the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in overtime Saturday night in Game 2 of their 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Eastern Conference opening round series at Madison Square Garden.

Chris Neil’s first-ever playoff goal 1:17 into overtime gave Ottawa the victory and evened the best-of-seven series at 1-1.


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Brian Boyle scored just 2:41 into the third period to give New York the 3-2. The Senators responded late in the third period when Nick Foligno shot a bouncing puck off of Zenon Konopka to tie the score at 2-2 with just 4:37 left in regulation.

Anton Stralman had New York's other goal. Erik Karlsson also scored for Ottawa.

The game was marred by penalties, and both Brandon Dubinsky of the Rangers and Matt Carkner of Ottawa received game misconducts barely two minutes into the contest.

Game 3 will be played Monday night in Ottawa. Game 4 will also be in Ottawa Wednesday, with the series returning to New York for Game 5 on Saturday.

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Rangers Vs. Senators Recap: Rangers Cruise, Lead Series 1-0

The New York Rangers defeated the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night by a final score of 4-2, in Game One of the first round in the 2012 NHL Playoffs. The Rangers now lead the best-of-seven series, 1-0.

Henrik Lundqvist was the star of the game, saving 30 of the 32 shots he faced. The four Rangers' goals were scored by Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, Brian Boyle and Brad Richards. Artem Anisimov finished with two assists.

The Rangers led 3-0 after two periods and tacked on a fourth goal in the third, but Ottawa was able to make it respectable with two late goals.

Game two is scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m.

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2012 NHL Playoffs Schedule: Rangers Face Senators And The Rest Of The Eastern Conference Match-Ups

The 2012 NHL regular season concluded on Saturday, and the results finalized the first-round pairings and schedule for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers earned the top seed and will face the No. 8-seeded Ottawa Senators beginning on Thursday.

Over the course of the regular season, the Rangers went 1-3 against the Senators. Ottawa will feature goaltender Craig Anderson (2.84 goals against average and .914-save percentage) and top scorer Jason Spezza (34 goals, 50 assists, 84 points).


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If New York is able to down Ottawa, it will move on to play the lowest remaining seed in the next round, while if the Senators earn a series victory, they will play the highest remaining seed.

Here's all at the schedule and TV coverage for this anticipated series:

Thursday, April 12 7 p.m. Ottawa at Rangers NHL Network, CBC
Saturday, April 14 7 p.m. Ottawa at Rangers NBC Sports Network, CBC
Monday, April 16 7:30 p.m. Rangers at Ottawa CBC, CNBC
Wednesday, April 18 7:30 p.m. Rangers at Ottawa CBC, CNBC
*Saturday, April 21 7 p.m. Ottawa at Rangers NBC Sports Network, CBC
*Monday, April 23 TBD Rangers at Ottawa TBD
*Thursday, April 26 TBD Ottawa at Rangers TBD

Here's how the rest of the Eastern Conference shapes out.

No. 2 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Washington Capitals: The Caps won the season-series 3-1.
No. 3 Florida Panthers vs. No. 6 New Jersey Devils: The regular-season series was split 2-2.
No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers: This inter-state rivalry featured Flyers winning the season series 4-2

Here's what the Western Conference looks like:


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