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Game 1 thriller goes to Bruins in OT
Lundqvist had already made 15 saves in overtime, eight of them on a Bruins power play, keeping the Rangers, who finished Washington off in Game 7 Monday night, alive in the opener of the Eastern Conference semifinal.
The win came three nights after the Bruins pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in playoff history in eliminating Toronto.
Boston, playing with three rookies replacing the injured Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Wade Redden, took a 1-0 lead 12:23 into the second period. Chara took a pass from NHL playoff scoring leader David Krejci and took a shot. Lundqvist made the save, but the puck squirted through, and, as he fell backward, Lundqvist put the puck in his own net, ending a personal shutout streak of 152 minutes, 23 seconds.
Rick Nash, who still hasn’t scored in the playoffs, took a long pass, carried down the right side and went around the net. He then hit Tyler Seguin’s stick as Seguin attempted to clear the puck. McDonagh got it at the point and shot through a screen to tie the game.
Steve Emminger was off for holding when Krug took a pass from fellow rookie Dougie Hamilton, walked in and blasted one through Lundqvist, 2:55 into the finale.
Both teams had late penalties, the Rangers killing 1:35 of the final 2:09. After the penalty ended, Johnny Boychuk’s slapper from the right point beat Lundqvist and hit the outside of the far post, just as the buzzer sounded.
The entire first period was what could be expected from two defensive-minded teams: close checking and not much offense.
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