OTTAWA, Ontario -- Brian Boyle was booed by Ottawa fans throughout the night, and he gave them something to fret about before it was over.
The New York Rangers center scored the only goal while Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves as the Eastern Conference's first-place team defeated the Senators 1-0 Monday night at Scotiabank Place.
The Rangers now lead the best-of-seven series 2-1, with Game 3 in Ottawa Wednesday.
Boyle's goal, his third of the series, was scored at the 7:35 mark of the final period. Standing to the left of Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson was the right place to be, as a shot by Ryan Callahan hit the side of the net and bounced right to Boyle, who backhanded a shot to the top, shortside corner.
The Senators had a power play opportunity later in the period when Zack Smith was tripped by Callahan, but it lasted just 27 seconds, primarily because of Boyle.
The big Ranger worked his way into position for a shorthanded breakaway, but before he took the backhand shot, he was slashed by Senators defenseman Chris Phillips, putting the sides even again.
Boyle sent Callahan in on a breakaway with five minutes to go in the third, but Anderson made a terrific glove save to keep Ottawa's deficit at one.
Senators center Kyle Turris had the best chance to tie the game when he was left alone with the puck in front of the Rangers net with about a minute to go. But as he did all night, Lundqvist came up big with the save.
The Senators and Rangers were locked in a scoreless tie through two periods. Ottawa outshot New York 12-8 in the first and 13-8 in the second.
The Rangers had a tremendous chance to score near the midway mark of the second. Ruslan Fedotenko's shot at the open side was stopped spectacularly by Anderson, and Brandon Prust's attempt with the rebound hit the post then teetered the goal line.
Ottawa's best chances in the second period came from its fourth line as well. Zenon Konopka set Jim O'Brien up with a shot with a glorious opportunity, but Rangers defenseman Stu Bickel threw his right arm out to make the save.
The Senators had the better chances in the first period, with Erik Karlsson and Bobby Butler both victimized three times by Lundqvist.
NOTES: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson was a 50-50 bet to play, depending on how he felt when he woke up two mornings after suffering a mild concussion from a Carl Hagelin elbow to the head in Game 2. While the Rangers winger was sentenced to a three-game suspension, Alfredsson fully participated in Monday's morning skate and looked to be on course. But a couple of hours before the game, it was decided that he would sit it out. Bobby Butler took his spot in the lineup ... Hours before the game it was announced that Senators center Zenon Konopka was fined $2,500, and his team dinged to the tune of $10,000, for comments he made to Brian Boyle while he was being interviewed by NBC during Game 2's telecast.