New York – Marian Gaborik and Brian Boyle made back of the net a few minutes apart in the second period and the New York Rangers began their first round of the playoffs with a 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators, yesterday.
The Rangers, who finished first overall in the East for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 1994, have recovered from their record of 1-2-1 during the regular season against the Senators by easily defeating Training Ontario.
Ryan Callahan opened the scoring in the first period, Gaborik and Boyle added in advance of their number to bring the score to 3-0 and Brad Richards also scored a goal in the third for the Rangers. The next match will take place tomorrow, also in New York, before the series is transported to Ottawa for meetings # 3 and 4.
Henrik Lundqvist was reported early in the game, closing the door to a near breakaway of Jason Spezza, before stopping Jim O’Brien, who had worked his way through the Rangers defense.
Bruins 1, Capitals 0
Chris Kelly scored with a long slap shot after 1:18 into overtime and the Boston Bruins, defending champions of the Stanley Cup, started their title defense with win 1-0 against the Washington Capitals.
Braden Holtby made 29 saves in the cage Capitals.
Both teams played a physical game and both goaltenders stole the show until the very end. Thomas rejected a shot, allowing the Bruins to quickly restart the attack. Brian Rolston has left the puck to Benoit Pouliot, who left the defensive territory and handed to Kelly.
The real star of the game was Holtby, the third goalie for the Capitals who made his debut series in the Stanley Cup since Tomas Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth injured. He kept the Capitals in Game resisting the dam Bruins.
After Holtby had conceded the only goal of the game, the Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin has comforted for a moment on the ice before retreating to the locker room.
Meanwhile, the Bruins were celebrating their first victory of the 16 sought to become the first team to win two consecutive titles in the Stanley Cup since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998.