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Senators can't solve Lundqvist; Rangers take lead with shutout victory

OTTAWA -- Brian Boyle is quickly becoming a huge thorn in the Ottawa Senators side.

It's one thing to have to deal with the physical side of the 6-foot-7 New York Rangers forward, but his sudden burst of offense is a whole other problem.

Henrik Lundqvist made 39 saves for his fourth NHL playoff shutout, and Boyle scored for the third straight game to break a third-period tie as the New York Rangers beat the Ottawa Senators, 1-0, on Monday night.

The Rangers, who lost Game Two at home in overtime after being ahead in the third period, lead the best-of-seven, first-round series, 2-1. Game Four will be Wednesday night in Ottawa before the series returns to New York.

Boyle can hardly be considered a superstar, but aside from Lundqvist he has made the biggest difference in this series. He has scored in every game and been a dominant physical presence for the Rangers.

"We've got to make sure we pay attention to him," Senators coach Paul MacLean said. "He's a big, strong guy and went to the net and got himself a goal, and that's the way he's been doing it. That's good for them, good for him and we just have to make sure we mark him a little bit better."

It's no surprise the Senators didn't anticipate Boyle being a difference maker in this series. Even the 27-year-old center didn't expect this kind of success.

"If I'm the villain to them that's good," Boyle said. "If I knew (I would score this often) I probably would have tried to do it a lot earlier. It's been fortunate bounces."

Craig Anderson was nearly as good as Lundqvist, keeping the Senators in it with a 22-save effort.


Penguins in trouble

VOORHEES, N.J. -- The Penguins are trying their best to beat up the Philadelphia Flyers.

Heck, even captain Sidney Crosby tossed aside concerns about blows to his head and mixed it up in a couple of melees.

The Penguins have come for a fight in their opening-round series. The Flyers have refused to back down from a rumble -- note the 158 penalty minutes in Game 3 -- but the orange and black have saved their biggest beatdowns for the scoreboard.

Led by Claude Giroux and Danny Briere, the Flyers have a whopping 20 goals over the first three games, including six goals on the power play and three coming short-handed.

The Penguins will be forced to rally short-handed Wednesday, as Craig Adams was suspended for one game Monday for instigating a fight at 15:18 of the third period. He was assessed a minor penalty for instigating, a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was also fined $10,000 for Adams' actions.


Around the rinks

*The Devils are back home after splitting the first two games of their series with the Panthers in Florda. New Jersey hopes to cut down on penalties in tonight's Game Three.

*The Red Wings need a win at home tonight (7:30 p.m., NBCSN) to even their series with the Predators. Another loss to Nashville would mean the Predators could wrap up the series at home in Game Five.

*Phoenix goalie Mike Smith missed practice before the Coyotes took off for Chicago and his status for tonight's Game Three (9 p.m., CNBC) in the rugged and physical opening-round playoff series was unclear. Center Martin Hanzal and left wing Lauri Korpikoski also missed practice Monday for Phoenix.

*The Rochester Americans open the American Hockey League playoffs on Thursday night with a Western quarterfinal game in Toronto against the Marlies. The Amerks finished seventh in the West, clinching a spot when Charlotte lost on Sunday.

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