The Ottawa Senators jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st period and held on for a 4-2 win over the Rangers Tuesday night at The Garden, winning the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinal series, four games to two, and ending New York’s 2016-17 season.
Ottawa will now face the winner of the Pittsburgh-Washington conference semi-final.
The Rangers, who had the best road record during the regular season, lost all three games in Ottawa during the series.
Eric Karlsson and Mark Stone each scored a goal and an assist. Mike Hoffman and Jean-Gabriel Pageau had the other Ottawa goals. Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider scored for the Blueshirts.
Hoffman gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead just 4:27 into the 1st period, deflecting a pass from Karlsson past Henrik Lundqvist. Then Stone made it 2-0 at 14:44, whistling a wrist shot over Lundqvist’s right shoulder.
Zibanejad cut the lead to 2-1 with a goal at the 13:32 mark of the 2nd period, off a great pass from Mats Zuccarello, but Karlsson made it a two-goal margin again at 15:53, taking a pass from Bobby Ryan and scoring.
Kreider’s goal just 53 seconds into the 3rd period made it 3-2, giving the Rangers and the crowd some energy, but the Blueshirts could not score the equalizer. Pageau’s empty-net goal with 7 seconds to play provided the final 4-2 margin.
The Rangers outshot Ottawa, 39-26, but the New York power play was 0-for-4 on the night, and 3-for-39 in the series.