Chris Neil fired a 10-foot backhand shot 77 seconds into overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers in the first round of the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Washington defeated Boston 2-1 in double overtime, St. Louis topped San Jose 3-0, and Chicago beat Phoenix in overtime. The Senators, the Capitals, the Blues and the Blackhawks tied their series at 1-1.
Anton Stralman gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the first period before Erik Karlsson got a power-play goal to tie the game at 1-1 in the second period last night at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Brian Boyle put the Rangers ahead 2-1 in the third period and Nick Foligno forced the overtime with less than five minutes left to play.
“I thought we could have made some plays to try and keep some puck possession, but that’s what happens when you get into a little bit of that,” Rangers coach John Tortorella told reporters. “We were four minutes away from winning the hockey game and I still don’t think we played that poorly tonight, but I do think we need to continue to attack.”
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had 29 saves.
“I knew going into this series it wasn’t going to be easy, so we just have to forget about this one and get ready for the next one,” Lundqvist told reporters.
The Rangers travel to Ottawa for the third game in the series tomorrow.
In tonight’s first-round games, the Nashville Predators travel to the Detroit Red Wings, the Philadelphia Flyers host the Pittsburgh Penguins, the New Jersey Devils visit the Florida Panthers and the Vancouver Canucks are at the Los Angeles Kings.
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