Rangers-Senators: Three keys to the second-round Stanley Cup Playoff series

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Erik Karlsson was hoping for a good bounce.

The 19-year-old Stone had never played an National Hockey League game before, but head coach Paul MacLean felt the teenager would be his best option in the crucial fifth game of a series tied at two. After taking a pass from Mats Zuccarello, the Rangers captain fired a wrist shot that appeared to change directions before flying past Anderson, who was at least distracted by Chris Kreider in front.

The 35-year-old Lundqvist was terrific, especially early on.

If you talk to hockey fans outside of either NY or Ottawa, the Eastern Conference series begins at 7:30 pm tonight. Instead, the underdog New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators advanced and will face off in the Stanley Cup playoffs for only the second time: The Rangers won the series 4-3 over the Senators in the first round in 2012. "And ever since then he's been improving his game both offensively and defensively". On a play eerily similar to the above mentioned, Bobby Ryan found MacArthur perched in the slot, who one-timed the puck top corner to draw the game even and send the crowd into a frenzy.

He's bounced back strong since then, putting up team highs of 61 points in 2015-16 and 59 this season.

Lundqvist stopped 41-of-43 shots but the Ottawa Senators defeated the New York Rangers 2-1 in the opening game of its Eastern Conference semifinal as Erik Karlsson scored the victor on a lucky shot.

You can think of it like this: the first two rounds of the playoffs are basically just four, four-team mini tournaments, one for each division. That's the one play you get questions for. "And I think that the amount of pucks that we put at the net we deserved one of those". "We had a lot of looks, certainly looks we wished we had capitalized on, and they're going to say the same thing when they look back". "We got a lucky bounce". Those players also understand the playoffs always have their good and bad games, and responding to the bad and building on the good is the only way to survive.

Derick Brassard and Karlsson led the team with five shots and eight attempts each.

While much of the focus over the last day or so has been on the large number of empty seats in the upper bowl of Canadian Tire Centre, it overshadowed what was a pretty complete game by the Ottawa Senators.

The Senators faced a Bruins team that was a mix of veteran-talent and players who, a few weeks ago, were either in college or playing down in Providence, R.I. Despite this, Boston jumped out to a 1-0 series lead and had a 3-1 advantage entering the third period of game two.

"I don't get around very much, but I will get out Thursday night", Lortie said.

"We definitely made a step forward, definitely in the right direction", center Patrice Bergeron said on Tuesday as the Bruins cleaned out their lockers at Warrior Ice Arena. "And they can get together after the series".

After struggling through a subpar regular season, Henrik Lundqvist deservingly won praise for being better than Carey Price in the opening round. Craig Anderson had a 1.94 GAA and.921 save percentage.

Ryan McDonagh gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the second period before Ryan Dzingel tied it up for the Senators before the intermission. "When you watch them play, it's a lot of tight game (and) strike when they get a chance".

The Senators could get a boost from the return of Tom Pyatt, a defensively sound winger who was knocked out of the Bruins series with an upper-body injury in Game 4. Both teams were just under 80 percent on the penalty-kill during the season. Along with using speed, forechecking the Senators' defense is vital for the Rangers. He had three goals in the series. The second Senators win came on the last weekend of the season, with the Rangers having already wrapped up their wild-card spot. The Sens allowed the fourth most shot attempts per 60 minutes in the regular season, a trend that was completely bucked against Boston (down almost five attempts).