NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Dan Girardi #5 and Brandon Prust #8 of the New York Rangers celebrate Girardi's second period goal against the Ottawa Senators in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers Hold Off Late Senators Charge, Advance To Play Capitals In Round 2

The New York Rangers held on for dear life, but got the job done in the end. They'll play the Washington Capitals in Round 2 after winning Game 7 vs. the Senators, 2-1.

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Rangers Vs. Senators, Game 7 Final Score: New York Advances With 2-1 Win

It seemed like the Ottawa Senators were going to score. You could feel it, I could feel it, Daniel Alfredsson could feel it, the New York Rangers could feel it. The No. 8 seed left nothing in the tank down the stretch of the third period in Game 7, but ultimately, Henrik Lundqvist and a stingy New York defense were just too much for the Sens to handle.

The Rangers held off Ottawa's late charge, winning Game 7 by a final score of 2-1. They advance to play the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Dan Girardi's second period goal turned out to be the game-winner. Girardi had a huge game for the Rangers, ranking second in ice time on the team only behind Marc Staal. He blocked three shots, including one that clearly saved a goal in the first period, took three shots of his own and delivered three hits.

Lundqvist was the difference for New York in the third period as Ottawa mounted pressure. He made nine of his 26 total saves in the final frame, many of which came in the final five minutes. Craig Anderson made 27 saves in the losing effort for the Senators.

We have full coverage of Senators vs. Rangers Game 7 in our StoryStream. For full coverage from the New York perspective, check in with SB Nation New York and Rangers blog Blueshirt Banter. For full coverage from the Ottawa perspective, check in with Sens blog Silver Seven.

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