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Rangers 4, Senators 2
The biggest moment of the New York Rangers’ Game 1 win came when play was stopped and they tried to catch their breath at the bench.
The Rangers were nursing a one-goal lead in the second period, but the Ottawa Senators were all over them. Coach John Tortorella used his lone timeout and shifted momentum.
Marian Gaborik and Brian Boyle scored minutes apart shortly after, and the Rangers rolled past the Senators.
“We wanted to stop slapping the puck around,” Tortorella said. “We kept smacking it back to them.”
Ryan Callahan scored in the first, Gaborik and Boyle pushed the lead to 3-0 and Brad Richards added a goal in the third.
“That is the way we have to play to win,” Callahan said. “We felt like we’ve been playing playoff hockey right through the season.”