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Young defensemen stepping up for Senators against Rangers

Ben Harpur, Fredrik Claesson making big impressions to help Ottawa take 2-0 series lead against Rangers

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

OTTAWA -- There he was, out on the ice, under the bright lights and the heat of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This was not something that Ottawa Senators defenseman Ben Harpur expected. But, still, there he was in the second overtime against the New York Rangers, doing his utmost to keep the Rangers away from Craig Anderson and his net. 

He entered the game at 1:14 of the second overtime alongside fellow rookie defenseman Fredrik Claesson, on the ice for a defensive-zone faceoff, and back off 53 seconds later with no damage done -- doing exactly what his coach was asking of him, and allowing for the game-winning goal to come at 2:54 of the period, on the fourth of the game from Jean-Gabriel Pageau, in Ottawa's 6-5 victory.

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Jean-Gabriel Pageau hometown hero for Senators

Forward scores four goals against Rangers in Game 2 win

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

OTTAWA -- There were no hats left to throw. The crowd had to make do, so they lifted their voices.

The sound ricocheted around Canadian Tire Centre, a mass of screaming and exultation and relief. White towels waved overhead. It was perfection.

It was not just that the Ottawa Senators had prevailed 6-5 in double overtime against the New York Rangers in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series. It was that he had done it.

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Senators believe in 'underrated' Craig Anderson against Rangers

Ready to count on goaltender again in Game 2

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

OTTAWA -- Each save seemed more miraculous than the next. There were diving saves, glove saves, pad saves and saves that saved the game and saves that boggled the mind. New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves in the first period of Game 1 against the Ottawa Senators in their Eastern Conference Second Round series, 41 in total.

But as eye-popping as those 41 saves by Lundqvist were Thursday, he wasn't the winning goaltender. That was Craig Anderson, who made some outstanding saves of his own in Ottawa's 2-1 victory at Canadian Tire Centre.

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Senators can't be considered underdogs any longer

Impressive win against Rangers in Game 1 gives Ottawa lead in series

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

OTTAWA -- Guy Boucher sounded world-weary, like a man who had been through trying times. And maybe he had. Maybe his nerves were shot and his blood pressure was up and he truly felt like his Ottawa Senators had somehow lucked into their 2-1 win against the New York Rangers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series.

Or maybe it was all an act. It's hard not to believe the latter.

Since the Senators defeated the Boston Bruins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Boucher has positioned his team as underdogs, pushing a narrative of long odds and the monumental foe that is the Rangers. He was still at it after Game 1.

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Senators prepared for faster game against Rangers

Ottawa believes sticking to structure, playing with speed can work against New York in second round

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators defenseman Marc Methot was asked about his biggest concern with playing the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Second Round, which starts Thursday at Canadian Tire Centre (7 p.m. ET; CNBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

"They've got a lot of speed," he said.

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Bruce Cassidy rewarded by Bruins

Will be retained as coach after leading Boston on late-season run to Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- When asked about his interest in continuing as coach of the Boston Bruins on Sunday, Bruce Cassidy did not hesitate. 

"Absolutely," he said. "One hundred percent."

The Bruins had just lost 3-2 in overtime to the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round, which ended their season.

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Bruins aren't getting any younger

Time running out for aging core that hopes to win another championship before it's too late

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- They are all well aware of the passage of time, of the year listed on their birth certificates, of the years that might be left for them in the NHL. The core of the Boston Bruins - defenseman Zdeno Chara, goaltender Tuukka Rask, and forwards Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, and Brad Marchand - know what they have and have not done since the 2012-2013 season, when they most recently reached the Stanley Cup Final.

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Clarke MacArthur, Senators write Hollywood script

After missing nearly two years, forward scores series-clinching goal against Bruins

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- As the door to the visitor's dressing room at TD Garden slipped open to let the missing player in, a call went up: "Attaboy, Clarkie!"

There was a round of applause, followed by a raucous cheer, followed by other sounds of celebration and disorder, with Clarke MacArthur folded into the tumult.

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Erik Karlsson of Senators playing with injured heel: report

Defenseman sustained two hairline fractures last month

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson has been playing for nearly four weeks with two hairline fractures in his left heel, including through the six games of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Boston Bruins.

Karlsson told ESPN.com the truth of the injury after the Senators reached the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 3-2 win against the Bruins in Game 6. He said that he has been getting injections in his heel to remain on the ice.

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David Krejci out for Bruins in Game 6

Forward sidelined with lower-body injury, won't face Senators on Sunday

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins will be without center David Krejci in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday at TD Garden (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports).

Krejci was injured on a knee-to-knee hit by Senators defenseman Chris Wideman late in the first period of the Bruins' 3-2 overtime victory in Game 5 at Ottawa on Friday. Krejci did not return.

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