After going 18 years without a seventh game in a playoff series at Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers and their fans had to sweat for nearly half an hour last night as the Ottawa Senators tried unsuccessfully to overcome a one-goal deficit.
The New York Rangers scored three third-period goals and got 21 saves from goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to beat the New Jersey Devils 3-0 in Game 1 of the National Hockey League’s Eastern Conference finals.
The Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers to reach the National Hockey League conference final against the Pittsburgh Penguins, while the Chicago Blackhawks escaped elimination with a win over the Detroit Red Wings.
The New York Rangers reached the National Hockey League playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons with a 4-2 home win against the New Jersey Devils in a game that started with a brawl and left blood on the ice.
Defensemen Marc Staal and Dan Girardi each scored for the first time in the postseason as the New York Rangers beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in the deciding seventh game of their first-round playoff series.