Capitals Beat Rangers as Senators Win in NHL Playoff Openers

The Washington Capitals beat the New York Rangers 3-1 in the first game of their National Hockey League playoff series.

Also in an Eastern Conference series opener tonight, the Ottawa Senators defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2.

New York’s Carl Hagelin got the only goal in the first period at Verizon Center in Washington. Alex Ovechkin tied it on a power play in the second for the Capitals, who led 3-1 within another eight minutes on goals 46 seconds apart by Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera.

Erik Karlsson put the Senators ahead in the first period at Bell Centre in Montreal. Goals by Rene Bourque and Brendan Gallagher in the second made it 2-1 to the Canadiens. The Senators restored their one-goal advantage in the third on goals by Jakob Silfverberg and Marc Methot one minute, 53 seconds apart, and Guillaume Latendresse made it 4-2 to Ottawa with 6:05 left in the game.

The Senators and Canadiens meet again tomorrow in Montreal for Game 2 in the best-of-seven first-round series, while the Capitals again host the Rangers the following day.

Also tonight, two Western Conference series resume, with the St. Louis Blues seeking a 2-0 lead in games against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, and the Detroit Red Wings looking to tie their series at 1-1 with the Anaheim Ducks.

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