WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin’s franchise-record 31st career playoff goal got the Capitals started before less-heralded teammates Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera scored 46 seconds apart, and Washington beat the New York Rangers 3-1 on Thursday night in Game 1 of their first-round series.
Ovechkin, a two-time MVP who led the NHL with 32 goals this season, crashed the net to score on a power play about seven minutes into the second period to tie the score. Carl Hagelin had put New York ahead 1-0 in the first period — the only puck that made it past Braden Holtby, who finished with 35 saves.
SENATORS 4, CANADIENS 2
At Montreal, Craig Anderson made 48 saves in a spectacular goaltending performance in Game 1. Jakob Silfverberg and Marc Methot scored early in the third period to lift the Senators into the lead.
Erik Karlsson and Guillaume Latendresse also scored for the Senators, who were outshot 50-31 but saw Anderson easily win the goaltending duel with Carey Price.
Bruins defenseman Ference suspended for one game
Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference was suspended for one game by the NHL for an illegal check to Toronto forward Mikhail Grabovski’s head during Game 1 of their first-round series.