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Rangers Vs. Senators, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 1, First-Period Score: New York Leads, 1-0

The New York Rangers lead the Ottawa Senators, 1-0, after the first period of play from Madison Square Garden in the first game of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

After failing to capitalize on an early power-play opportunity, Ryan Callahan gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead at the 12:01 mark with a quick reaction goal. Callahan picked up the puck after a shot from the point and spun toward the net. He curved his blade down to keep the puck on the ice and slipped it in between the post and the skate of Senators goalie Craig Anderson. Anton Stralman and Artem Anisimov assisted on the goal.


Henrik Lundqvist was perfect in net for the Blueshirts, stopping all 13 of Ottawa's shot attempts in the first period. Anderson stopped seven of the Rangers' shots. The game did get chippy after the goal but there were no fights...yet. However, Erik Karlsson and Brian Boyle both went to the box in the later stages of the first period for roughing.

For more coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, be sure to check out our blogs Blueshirt Banter and In Lou We Trust. Also take a peek at our StoryStream and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates.