The New York Rangers defeated the Ottawa Senators by the score of 4-2 tonight. It was game one of the 2012 NHL playoffs. The Rangers now own a 1-0 lead in the best of seven series. The Rangers as the number one seed will have the home ice advantage throughout the Eastern conference playoffs. If they make it to the Stanley Cup finals they won’t have the home ice but they would sign up for that right now.
The Rangers got on the board first on a goal by their captain Ryan Callahan. The Rangers had a 1-0 lead after the first inning and a 3-0 lead after two periods.
Callahan scored at the 12:01 mark of the first period and was assisted by Anton Stralman and Artem Anisimov. In the second period Marian Gaborik scored at the 16:24 mark unassisted and then at the 19:06 mark Brian Boyle scored to make it 3-0. He was assisted by Anisimov and Dan Girardi. The Rangers scored first in the third period to make it a 4-0 game. Brad Richards scored at the 2:15 mark from Carl Hagelin. The Senators did fight back and scored the last two goals but it was too late. Daniel Alfredsson scored at the 10:05 mark and Erik Condra scored at the 17:41 mark.
Henrik Lundqvist was very good in this game. When it was a 1-0 lead he kept it that way until the Rangers could find their legs and start playing their game. The first few minutes of the second period were rough and then the coach called a timeout and everything changed after that. The few minutes that they weren’t playing their best he saved them. He kept it a one goal lead and allowed them to get that second goal and then go from there.
The Rangers are the favorites as the number one seed going against the eight seed. The Rangers are the better team and they should beat the Senators. The Senators of the three possible first round opponent were the worst opponent for the Rangers. The Rangers had trouble with them during the regular season but this was a solid first game. The two teams will play game two on Saturday night and the Rangers will try to take a controlling 2-0 lead in the series. The Rangers with the home ice need to win their home games. If they can then go to Ottawa and take one game they will be in great shape. They have to take it one game at a time right now though.