Rangers Vs. Senators, Game 1: New York Holds Off Ottawa Charge, Wins 4-2

Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers jumped out to an early lead before holding off the Ottawa Senators late in the third period. They took Game 1 by a score of 4-2.

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Rangers Vs. Senators, Game 1: Rangers Enjoy Spoils of Top Seed

The Rangers cruised to an easy win in Game 1, part of the spoils of being the Eastern Conference top seed.

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Rangers Vs. Senators, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 1: Rangers Take Game 1, 4-2

The No. 1 seed New York Rangers got goals from Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, Brian Boyle and Brad Richards, and 30 saves from goalie Henrik Lundqvist en route to a 4-2 win over the No.8 seed Ottawa Senators, to give them a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.

Callahan opened the scoring 12:01 into the first period when he corralled a rebound off a shot from the point, sliding the puck just between the goalpost and the left skate of Senators goalie Craig Anderson. Anton Stralman and Artem Anisimov received assists on the goal.

New York extended its lead late in the second period when Gaborik picked up a loose puck and slipped through Anderson's five hole with 3:36 remaining. That was followed by a snap shot by Brian Boyle in the final minute of the period that gave the Rangers a 3-0 lead entering the final 20 minutes.

Early in the third period, Carl Hagelin forced a turnover on the forecheck and fed Brad Richards to give the Blueshirts a 4-0 lead with 17:45 to play. The Senators would add a pair of goals late, with Daniel Alfredsson tipping in a point shot to break Lundqvist's shutout and Erik Condra scoring on a wrist shot with 2:19 to play.

Aside from the scoreboard and control of the action, Game 1 could not have been more even on the stat sheet. The Senators out-shot the Rangers 32-to-31, hits were even at 37 apiece and Ottawa held a 35-to-32 edge in the face-off circle.

Game 2 of the series is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Saturday.

For more on the Rangers, check out Blueshirt Banter. For updates on the Senators, visit Silver Seven.

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Rangers Vs. Senators, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 1: Rangers Take 3-0 Lead Into Third Period

Second period goals by Marian Gaborik and Brian Boyle gave the New York Rangers a 3-0 lead over the Ottawa Senators entering the third period of Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.

After a failed clearing attempt by the Senators, Gaborik picked up the loose puck and used a head fake on Senators goalie Craig Anderson, slipping the puck through the five hole to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead with 3:36 remaining. For Gaborik, who scored 41 goals in the regular season, it was the 14th goal of his playoff career.

The goal also gave the Rangers an extra jolt late in the second period, with captain Ryan Callahan and defenseman Ryan McDonagh nearly combining on another goal just 30 seconds later. That flurry resulted in a tripping penalty on Senators defenseman Filip Kuba, which Ottawa had successfully killed, though Boyle would beat Anderson with a snap shot with 57 seconds remaining in the period.

Callahan opened the scoring 12:01 into the first period, corralling a rebound off a shot from the point, sliding the puck just between the goalpost and the left skate of Anderson. Anton Stralman and Artem Anisimov received assists on Callahan's goal, with Anisimov and Dan Girardi assisting on Boyle's tally.

For more on the Rangers, check out Blueshirt Banter. For updates on the Senators, visit Silver Seven.

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Rangers Vs. Senators, NHL Playoffs 2012 Game 1: Rangers Lead 1-0 After First Period

New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan scored 12:01 into the first period to give the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference a 1-0 lead over the Ottawa Senators heading into the second period of Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Callahan corralled a rebound off a shot from the point, sliding the puck just between the goalpost and the left skate of Senators goalie Craig Anderson. Anton Stralman and Artem Anisimov received assists on the goal.

The Rangers picked up the first power play of the game when Filip Kuba was sent off for holding at the four-minute mark. New York mustered three shots, all from 40-plus feet. Ottawa had a pair of power plays in the first period, aiding in their 13-8 edge in the the shots department. Blocking shots is embedded in the DNA of the Rangers players, though, and the racked up six blocks in the first period.

Play got chippy late in the first period when Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson and Rangers forward Brian Boyle were sent off for roughing at the 15:31 mark. That may have served a purpose for the Rangers, who were able to take Karlsson off the ice while Ottawa was on the power play.

For more on the Rangers, check out Blueshirt Banter. For updates on the Senators, visit Silver Seven.

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NHL Playoffs 2012, Rangers Vs. Senators Game 1: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

Senators goalie Craig Anderson has a history of solid playoff performances and shut out the Rangers earlier this season.

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