Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves for his fourth NHL playoff shutout, and Brian Boyle scored for the third straight game to break a third-period tie as the New York Rangers beat the Senators, 1-0, Monday night at Ottawa.
The Rangers, who lost Game 2 at home in overtime, lead the best-of-seven, first-round series, 2-1. Game 4 is Wednesday night in Ottawa before the series returns to New York.
Lundqvist’s biggest save came in the last minute when he robbed Kyle Turris on the doorstep with a quick pad stop.
“I think we all felt we needed this [win],’’ Lundqvist said. “We needed to close this one off after we let the last one slip away. It’s an unbelievable feeling.’’
Craig Anderson was nearly as good, keeping the Senators in it with a 22-save effort.
Ottawa was without captain Daniel Alfredsson, who sustained a concussion in Game 2 when he was elbowed in the head by Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin. Hagelin served the first of a three-game NHL suspension for the hit.
Bobby Butler replaced Alfredsson. Chris Kreider, who nine days earlier won the NCAA championship with Boston College, made his NHL debut in place of Hagelin.
The Senators dominated play early in the third period, forcing Lundqvist to make a number of saves. But it was the Rangers who scored the only goal of the game.
Boyle took a rebound off the side of the net and backhanded a shot past Anderson to break the deadlock at 7:35.
With 7:09 remaining, the Senators went on the power play, but it was short-lived because Chris Phillips took a slashing penalty on Boyle, who had a breakaway opportunity.
The Senators dominated much of the second period, outshooting the Rangers, 13-8, but the Rangers also had their chances.
At 11:00, Ruslan Fedotenko’s shot hit the post, but the rebound trickled across the goal line as Anderson and forward Jason Spezza dived to smother it. A video review clearly showed that the puck didn’t cross the line.
Lundqvist made several stops in the second as Ottawa’s fourth line wreaked havoc. Jim O’Brien was denied twice, and Erik Condra and Zack Smith had great chances, as well.
Turris also missed a great opportunity midway through the period.
Blues 4, Sharks 3 - Andy McDonald scored one goal and set up another in the second period to help visiting St. Louis regain home-ice advantage in their first-round series against San Jose.
Patrik Berglund, Jason Arnott, and Alexander Steen added power-play goals, and Brian Elliott made 26 saves in place of injured Jaroslav Halak as the Blues won their second straight following a double-overtime loss in Game 1 to take a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 is Thursday in San Jose.
Brent Burns, Colin White, and Logan Couture scored for the Sharks, who again struggled to find answers against St. Louis, losing for the sixth time in seven meetings this season. If San Jose doesn’t find a way to penetrate St. Louis soon, the Sharks could exit in the first round after making it to the Western Conference finals the past two seasons.