Lundqvist sparkles in Game 3 shutout of Senators

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

OTTAWA, Ontario -- Henrik Lundqvist refused to allow another collapse.
After the Ottawa Senators had come from behind to beat his New York Rangers in Game 2 of their opening round playoff series, Lundqvist dug his heels in and prevented it from happening again. The star goalie saved all 39 shots on goal, including 14 in the third period and an absolute beauty in the final minute, to seal a 1-0 shutout at Scotiabank Place Monday night.
Brian Boyle scored the only goal, his third of the series, needed on a backhand at 7:35 of the third period.
The Rangers now lead the best-of-seven set 2-1, with Game 4 in Ottawa Wednesday.
"About halfway through I just had a feeling next goal is going to be big," said Lundqvist. "The last game, we let it slip away, because of two fluky bounces, I think. So going into this one I was determined. When Boyle scored that big goal, I said 'let's get it done, we can't let it slip away.'"
Boyle was booed by Ottawa fans throughout the night for his manhandling of Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson in Game 1 and his refusal to fight Matt Carkner in Game 2. He really game them something to get upset over Monday.
Standing to the left of Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson was the right place, 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.
After scoring just 11 goals during the regular season, Boyle has nudged out high profile players like Marion Gaborik and Brad Richards as the early playoff star for the Rangers.
The Senators had a power play opportunity later in the period when Zack Smith was tripped by Callahan, but it lasted just 27 seconds, as Boyle was slashed on a shorthanded breakaway by Chris Phillips.
Boyle sent Callahan in on a breakaway with five minutes to go in the third, but Craig Anderson made a terrific glove save to keep Ottawa's deficit at one.
"He's doing all the things he's been doing all year, but now he's scoring some big goals or us," said Lundqvist. "And I'm not surprised. He's a really skilled player. He's been really hot in practice the last few weeks. We need guys to step up right now, and he's doing that."
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 a minute to go. But Lundqvist did all night, he came up big with the save.
"I've got to score on those," said Turris.
Anderson made 22 saves -- the Rangers had only seven shots on goal in the third period and eight shots in both the first and second -- and declared afterwards that he has to be better.
"We did a lot of good things we can take out of this game," said Anderson. "It's unfortunate that we ran into a really hot goalie. Henrik played really, really well. We've got to give credit where credit is due.
"I've just got to make sure that I'm one shot better than him next time. We played really, really well. It was unfortunate we couldn't find the back of the net. We put 40 shots on the guy and we couldn't find the back of the net."
The eighth-seeded Senators did not play like a team over its head against a club that finished first in the conference and 17 points higher during the regular season.
"It was one of those games that could have gone either way," said Senators defenseman Chris Phillips. "It was a close, tight game."
The same could be said for all three in the series thus far.
"We knew they were going to push on home ice, especially when we got that goal. We knew they were going to come with something to tie it," said Richards. "A lot of guys did a great job, there were a lot of blocked shots. Hank came up big but (Craig) Anderson came up big a lot too.
"It was a really good game."
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. "He's our captain, he's our leader and he's a guy that's put in a lot of points for us offensively and plays a lot of minutes. We wanted to dig down and find a way to get a win without him," said Senators winger Nick Foligno. "It's unfortunate he's not in the lineup, given the circumstances, but I thought we played pretty well without him. Guys were in situations they're probably not used to playing and I thought they did a pretty good job." Bobby Butler took Alfredsson's spot in the lineup and have five shots on goal ... Hours before the game it was announced that Senators center Zenon Konopka was fined $2,500, and his team penalized $10,000, for comments he made to Brian Boyle while he was being interviewed by NBC during the Game 2 telecast ... After scoring in Game 1, Rangers winger Marian Gaborik has been held to one shot on goal since.

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