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Karlsson helps Senators edge Rangers 2-1 in Game 1

September 21 2017, 02:23 | Van Peters

Henrik Lundqvist returned to his usual postseason form in New York's first-round series.

(Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP).

It usually isn't wise to show your cards, but the Senators' Erik Karlsson must not be too concerned. Tonight they get back to it at Canadian Tire Centre looking to pile the pressure on the New York Rangers.

So far Zibanejad has been equally impressive, leading the Rangers with one goal and four points through New York's six games against the Montreal Canadiens. The Bruins can also negotiate an extension with the 40-year-old Chara after July 1. NY is 52-30-7 overall and 29-13-3 on the road. Zuccarello then had a breakout season after that and has led the Rangers in scoring three of the last four years.

The Ottawa Senators won an extremely tight 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers in a game that didn't catch much fire until the end of the second period. "And ever since then he's been improving his game both offensively and defensively". Thankfully, the Rangers were able to breakthrough on their third power play nearing the midpoint of the game.

One player that has opened a lot of eyes is Erik Karlsson, who has taken his game to an even higher level than his Norris Trophy nominated season and is finally getting acknowledged outside of the Ottawa bubble for how good his all-around game is and how that hasn't affected his ability to contribute offensively with an increased attention to his own zone. Coach Mike Sullivan called Hagelin a game-time decision after the speedy winger took part in a full-contact practice Friday and said he's feeling good. "It's about minimizing those chances and minimizing those turnovers that's going to really help us spend more time in the o-zone". "We got a lucky bounce". "He's a post-season player and that's good to see as we'll need everyone, that's for sure".

In comparison Zibanejad had 14 goals and 37 points through 56 games before the 24-year-old missed over two months with a broken fibula suffered in November. This follows a superb first round against the Boston Bruins in which he rung up six assists in more than 30 minutes per-game while playing with two hairline fractures in his left foot. This series will likely be physical, low-scoring and battled in the trenches, which is the way the Rangers would be most comfortable. Pyatt could have ample opportunities to get back in the lineup over the next two weeks.

"We definitely made a step forward, definitely in the right direction", center Patrice Bergeron said on Tuesday as the Bruins cleaned out their lockers at Warrior Ice Arena. Thursday morning, he had said the key to defeating his friend was, "Putting a lot of pucks in there, making it tough on him. And they can get together after the series".

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist looks on during Game 5 of the first-round playoff series against the Canadiens on April 20, 2017, in Montreal. His.970 save percentage and 1.70 GAA in the first round leads all Eastern Conference goalies. Anderson was outstanding against the Bruins with a 1.94 goals-against average and a.921 save percentage.

Ryan McDonagh and Ryan Dzingel had exchanged second period power play goals, with each team going 1 for 4 with the man advantage. The pass somehow found a tiny seam between Rangers defenceman Ryan McDonagh and forward John Mitchell, giving Ottawa fans a preview of the vision and patience that have become the hallmark of Stone's game today. Both teams were just under 80 percent on the penalty-kill during the season.

The Senators will look to slow down the Rangers' four-line speed. The Sens rank second in the playoffs with 27.5 shots against per game.

As Joe mentioned on Twitter after the game, the good news here is that this probably the best the Rangers will see from the Senators in this series.

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