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Rangers Vs. Senators, 2012 NHL Playoffs Game 6: New York Leads 3-1 Thanks To Powerplay

The New York Rangers have completely turned around momentum in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Ottawa Senators. The Blueshirts scored three goals in the second period, two on powerplays, to take a 3-1 lead into the third period of the must-win game.

Derek Stepan put the Rangers on the board, ending Craig Anderson's long shutout streak on a powerplay with Milan Michalek in the box for holding Marc Staal. Stepan got a nice cross-ice pass from Brad Richards to set up the tip-in.

The Rangers next goal came with a 5-on-3 advantage. Ottawa fans were upset with both calls to put them at a two-man disadvantage, the first a hooking call on Filip Kuba and the second a goaltender interference on Nick Foligno. Regardless, the Rangers capitalized, this time on a pretty Richards slapshot through Anderson's five-hole.

Youngster Chris Kreider put New York up 3-1 late, and this time both teams were at full strength. Kreider took advantage of a nice crossing pass from Stepan.

Henrik Lundqvist had several big saves on the seven shots he faced in the period. He has now turned back 12 of 13 shots on goal for the game.

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