Ottawa Senators Veto the New York Rangers to Advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Last night the Ottawa Senators beat the New York Rangers, 4-2 at Madison Square Garden.  With this win, the Senators win the series and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.  Their opponent will be decided tonight, between the Penguins and the Capitals.

The Senators got their first road win of the series to help them advance.  Ottawa got on the board first with a goal from Mike Hoffman.  It came just 4:27 into the first period.  Hoffman redirected a slap shot from Erik Karlsson from just inside the blue line.  Mark Stone also scored in the first period to get Ottawa a 2-0 lead going into the first intermission.  Erik Karlsson had a goal and an assist in the game.  Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the empty net goal to seal the victory.  The Rangers had goals from Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider.  Lundqvist made 22 saves, while his counterpart, Craig Anderson had 37.

“It was a hard series,” Karlsson said. “I think we had to fight every game even though we weren’t playing the way we wanted in the third and fourth game. But again, it’s never easy, and they played a good game and they made it really hard for us, so credit to them. We have a long way to go here. We’re going to enjoy this for a little bit, and again, get back to work as soon as tomorrow.”

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