Ottawa advances to conference final
Captain Erik Karlsson scored and added an assist to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers in Game 6 of their National Hockey League Eastern Conference semifinal.
The Senators have reached the Eastern Conference final for the third time in franchise history, making it that deep into the playoffs in 2003 and 2007.
Ottawa won its best-of-seven series with New York 4-2 on Tuesday, and awaits the winner of the other semifinal between Washington and Pittsburgh. Game 7 of that series is Wednesday at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
Mike Hoffman, Mike Stone and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Senators, and Craig Anderson stopped 37 of 39 shots.
Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider scored for New York. Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves.
For the second time in three years, the Rangers’ season ended on home ice. And for the 22nd straight year, the Rangers begin their summer without a Stanley Cup to celebrate.
Hoffman deftly redirected Karlsson’s slap pass from the point 4:27 into the game to stop the Senators’ series-long trend of allowing the game-opening goal. Karlsson began the sequence which culminated with Hoffman’s fourth of the playoffs by blocking a Nick Holden shot before leading the rush up-ice. Ottawa very nearly took a 2-0 lead with 6:49 left in the period on a Karlsson slapshot from the right wing, but Lundqvist made a dazzling glove save
Mike Hoffman of the Ottawa Senators celebrates with Clarke MacArthur, left, and Erik Karlsson after scoring against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday night. Ottawa won, 4-2, to take the series.