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Senators advance as Rangers downed in NHL playoffs

The Ottawa Senators booked their place in the Eastern Conference final on Wednesday after a deserved 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers in their NHL playoff battle.

The Ottawa Senators players celebrate Jean-Gabriel Pageau scoring a goal in Game Six of the NHL Eastern Conference 2nd round against the New York Rangers, at Madison Square Garden in New York, on May 9, 2017 © (Getty/AFP)

The Ottawa Senators players celebrate Jean-Gabriel Pageau scoring a goal in Game Six of the NHL Eastern Conference 2nd round against the New York Rangers, at Madison Square Garden in New York, on May 9, 2017 © (Getty/AFP)

The Ottawa Senators booked their place in the Eastern Conference final on Wednesday after a deserved 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers in their NHL playoff battle.

Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone fired Ottawa into an early lead at Madison Square Garden as the Canadian visitors got off to a dream start.

Mika Zibanejad pulled a goal back for New York to give the home fans hope but Erik Karlsson got the Senators third in the second period to make it 3-1.

A second New York goal from Chris Kreider in the third period made it 3-2 but Jean-Gabriel Pageau struck late to seal the win for Ottawa, who advance to their first conference final since 2007.

Senators goaltender Craig Anderson made 37 saves between the sticks for his eighth win of the playoffs. Rangers counterpart Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves.

The win gave the Senators a 4-2 victory in the best-of-seven series.

The Canadians will now face either the Washington Capitals or Pittsburgh Penguins in the final. Washington and Pittsburgh play a decisive Game 7 on Wednesday.

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