Ot­tawa ad­vances to con­fer­ence fi­nal

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DE­NIS P. GOR­MAN

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

BRUCE BEN­NETT, GETTY IM­AGES

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.

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