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 avoided falling behind three-games-to-none in their National Hockey League first-round playoff series by beating the Washington Capitals 4- 3 on Derek Stepan’s tie-breaking third-period goal.
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.
Ryan Callahan scored less than three minutes into overtime and the New York Rangers secured a National Hockey League playoff berth for the third straight season with a 4-3 win at the Carolina Hurricanes.
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.