Brad Richards scored the go-ahead goal and Derek Stepan had a goal and two assists as the top-seeded New York Rangers staved off elimination with a 3-2 victory against Ottawa Senators on Monday night.
Not even the return of Daniel Alfredsson, who missed three games with a concussion, in front of the fired-up home crowd at Scotiabank Place could help the eighth-seeded Senators complete the upset.
Carl Hagelin returned to the Rangers lineup after sitting out a three-game suspension for his elbow on Alfredsson. The Rangers broke through in the second with three goals after going six straight periods without scoring.
Ottawa successfully staged a number of dramatic comebacks during the regular season — they also erased a two-goal deficit while winning Game 4 — and had plenty of opportunities to mount another one here. But Lundqvist held the Senators at bay on two power plays, denying Kyle Turris point blank and having a Chris Phillips shot ring off the post.
–The series heads back to New York Thursday night for the first Game 7 in any sport at Madison Square Garden in 17 years.–