NYR Lead Series 1 - 0
[41-31-10]
2
4
[51-24-7]
04/12/2012
FINAL
1 2 3 T
Ottawa Senators OTT 0 0 2 2
32 SHOTS 31
35 FACEOFFS 32
37 HITS 37
20 PIM 18
0/3 PP 0/4
8 GIVEAWAYS 3
2 TAKEAWAYS 5
12 BLOCKED SHOTS 20
       

Rangers dominate Senators in opener at The Garden

Thursday, 04.12.2012 / 9:52 PM

2011-12 Playoff Game No. 1; Home Game No. 1 Rangers lead series 1-0
VIDEO: HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

The biggest moment of the Rangers' postseason-opening win came when play was stopped, and the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference tried to catch its breath at the bench.

The Rangers were nursing a one-goal lead in the second period, but the Ottawa Senators were all over them. Coach John Tortorella used his lone timeout, and shifted momentum completely.

Marian Gaborik and Brian Boyle scored minutes apart shortly after, and the Rangers rolled to a 4-2 victory over the Senators on Thursday night.

"We wanted to stop slapping the puck around," Tortorella said. "We kept smacking it back to them."

The Rangers, the No. 1 seed in the East for the first time since they won the Stanley Cup in 1994, shook off their 1-2-1 regular-season mark against the Senators and easily won Game 1.

Ryan Callahan scored in the first period, Gaborik and Boyle pushed the lead to 3-0, and Brad Richards added a goal in the third for the Rangers. New York will host the No. 8 Senators again on Saturday night before the best-of-seven series shifts to Ottawa for Games 3 and 4.

Henrik Lundqvist was sharp early, stopping Jason Spezza on a partial breakaway and then turning aside Jim O'Brien, who weaved his way through the New York defense before getting off an in-close drive that was knocked away.

Lundqvist's only blemishes came in the third period. Daniel Alfredsson wrecked his shutout bid at 10:05, and Erik Condra made it 4-2 with 2:19 left. Lundqvist finished with 30 saves.

Craig Anderson stopped 27 shots, but it wasn't enough for him to maintain his perfect mark at Madison Square Garden.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STATS OF THE GAME
The Blueshirts have posted a 30-11 series record when winning Game 1. ... Carl Hagelin registered the lone assist on Brad Richards’ third period goal while making his NHL playoff debut. The last Rangers rookie to record a point while making a playoff debut was Lauri Korpikoski on May 4, 2008, in Game 5 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins (goal).

THREE STARS
(selected by the local media)
1. Lundqvist 2. Callahan 3. Anisimov


THE BIGGER PICTURE
What made this win particularly important and a great start to the playoffs was that it looked very much like the majority of the Rangers' 51 regular-season wins. The style that brought so much success in the winter, is a winner in the spring, too.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Girardi (26:41)
Shots -- Richards (6)
Hits -- Callahan (7)
Blocks -- Girardi (4)
Takeaways -- Five players tied (1)
Faceoffs -- Boyle (25)

NEW YORK RANGERS' GAME 1 LINEUP VS. OTTAWA
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Ryan Callahan
Brandon Dubinsky Brian Boyle Ruslan Fedotenko
Mike Rupp John Mitchell Brandon Prust
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Hagelin, Richards, Gaborik.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Brian Boyle Artem Anisimov
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Derek Stepan
Dan Girardi Anton Stralman
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Prust/Dubinsky Brian Boyle
Ruslan Fedotenko Artem Anisimov
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Michael Del Zotto
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