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Rangers Vs. Senators, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 1: New York Wins Game 1, 4-2

The New York Rangers added another goal in the third period of Thursday night's Game 1 matchup against the Ottawa Senators, on their to a 4-2 win. Brad Richards notched his first goal of the postseason but Carl Hagelin did most of the work, poking the puck away from Nick Foligno behind the Senators net and giving a quick pass to set up a one-timer.

Henrik Lundqvist pitched a shutout for nearly 50 minutes, but was finally beaten on a relatively weak goal given up just before the midway point of the third period. The Rangers seemed to have their defenders in place, but lost track of Daniel Alfredsson as he drifted in front of the net unchecked for an easy one-timer. New York fell asleep once again with under three minutes to go, arriving late to a Foligno pass to Erik Condra across the front of the net for another easy one-timer on an open goal.

Other than those two big defensive lapses, New York looked much crisper for much of the night. Though they were outshot 32-31 they created more quality opportunities. Lundqvist was solid between the pipes notwithstanding two goals more attributable to poor defense. New York held Ottawa scoreless on all four of their powerplay opportunities.

Final - 4.12.2012 1 2 3 Total
Ottawa Senators 0 0 2 2
New York Rangers 1 2 1 4

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