NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at NY Rangers|
(Thursday, April 26th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 2, Ottawa 1
New York, NY (Sports Network) - The top-seeded New York Rangers narrowly
avoided the Canucks' fate on Thursday night.
Thanks to 26 saves from Henrik Lundqvist, the Blueshirts took a 2-1 win
over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal
New York won the last two in the set after a Game 5 loss had the team facing
elimination. The Western Conference playoffs had already seen its top seed,
Vancouver, lose in the first round to the Kings, but New York advanced past
the opening round for the first time since 2008.
"It was a hard series, against a very good team," said New York head coach
John Tortorella. "I thought both teams went toe to toe in all areas of the
game. Sometimes the first round is the hardest round."
Marc Staal and Dan Girardi each had a goal for the Rangers, who will next face
Washington, which won its Game 7 on Wednesday against Boston, in the
conference semifinals, which will begin on Saturday afternoon in New York.
Daniel Alfredsson scored the lone goal of the game for the Senators, who were
looking to win a playoff series for the first time since advancing to the Cup
Finals in 2007. Craig Anderson again had a fantastic game, but his 27 saves
were not enough to grab the win.
"We're not happy with the result, but we thought we played real good and that
it was a real good series," said Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean. "We're real
excited about our team and the steps we took this season, the building blocks
we have laid here will show next season."
The Rangers got on the board at the 4:46 mark of the second thanks to an
Ottawa turnover. Derek Stepan grabbed the puck in the neutral zone and pushed
it to Ryan Callahan, who took it down to the right circle on a short 2-on-1
rush. He fed it between the legs of the defender to the other side and Staal
one-timed it home for his first of the playoffs.
It was 2-0 just over four minutes later on Girardi's first of the playoffs.
Brandon Prust had the puck at the outside right circle and sent a short pass
over to the dot, where Brandon Dubinsky caught up to it. He immediately swept
it to the slot where Girardi was all alone for the one-timer.
Ottawa found the back of the net on the power play exactly 2 1/2 minutes after
Girardi's goal. With Michael Del Zotto in the box for cross checking, Chris
Phillips sent a pass from the high slot to the top of the left circle where
Alfredsson one-timed it in for his second of the series.
Lundqvist, though, shut the door from that point on.
He finished the second period having stopped 17 shots through the first 40
minutes and continued his strong play in the final frame.
During a sequence in the New York zone with under six minutes to play, Ottawa
was dominating the action and got several shots off, but Lundqvist stood tall.
The first came off a Milan Michalek one-timer from the right circle that
Lundqvist stopped. New York failed to clear and Filip Kuba got off a shot that
the goalie turned aside.
That proved to be Ottawa's last gasp as the team got Anderson pulled in the
final minute, but Sergei Gonchar took a tripping call when he hauled down Carl
Hagelin with 37 seconds to play and New York gave the home crowd the win.
"There was a little more edge to it and it was a great feeling being out
there," said Lundqvist. "You try not to think about the importance of the game
and put too much pressure on yourself. I tried to just go out there and see it
as Game 89 instead of Game 7."
Anderson made a stop on a Marian Gaborik one-timer about three minutes into
the first period while Lundqvist stopped a Phillips shot on an Ottawa power
play later in the first to keep the opening 20 minutes scoreless.
New York improved to 4-0 all-time in Game 7s at Madison Square Garden. The
last was in 1994 against Vancouver for the Stanley Cup trophy...New York
improved to 4-5 all-time in Game 7s while Ottawa fell to 0-5...Ottawa was 1-
for-2 on the power play while New York was 0-for-3.
04/27 01:38:49 ET