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Senators will play Penguins or Capitals in Eastern Conference Final

Ottawa defeats Rangers in six games, reaches round for first time since 2007

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The Ottawa Senators advanced to the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2007 and will play the Pittsburgh Penguins or Washington Capitals.

Ottawa defeated the New York Rangers 4-2 in Game 6 on Tuesday to end that second-round series.

The Penguins and Capitals are tied 3-3 in their best-of-7 series with Game 7 on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

This would be the fifth time in Ottawa's past seven Stanley Cup Playoff appearances that the Senators will play the Penguins. Ottawa has lost three of the four series, winning in five games in the first round in 2007, when the Senators advanced to the Stanley Cup Final (where they lost to the Anaheim Ducks).

The Senators were defeated in five games by the Capitals in the conference semifinals in 1998.

Ottawa is led by defenseman Erik Karlsson (two goals, 12 assists), and forwards Derick Brassard (three goals, six assists) and Bobby Ryan (four goals, five assists). Forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau has seven goals in the playoffs. Craig Anderson is 8-4 with a 2.49 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.

The Senators won two of three games against the Penguins this season. Karlsson had seven points (one goal, six assists), and Mike Hoffman scored three goals. Anderson allowed seven goals on 43 shots in an 8-5 loss on Dec. 5. Backup Mike Condon was 2-0-0 with an 0.91 GAA and .970 save percentage.

Bryan Rust had four goals and Evgeni Malkin had one goal and three assists for the Penguins against the Senators. Matt Murray was 1-1-1 with a 2.28 GAA and a .926 save percentage. Marc-Andre Fleury allowed four goals on 16 shots in his one game.

Ottawa scored four goals (Ryan, Kyle Turris, Zack Smith, Chris Kelly) in winning one game against Washington (1-2-0). Condon made 31 saves in a 3-0 shutout on Jan. 25. Fredrik Claesson and Ryan Dzingel each had two assists.

T.J. Oshie, Karl Alzner and Taylor Chorney scored for the Capitals, and Braden Holtby was 2-0-0 with a .982 save percentage, making 54 saves on 55 shots.

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