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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