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Anderson makes 48 saves in Senators’ 4-2 win

  • Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) stops Montreal Canadiens right wing Michael Ryder (73) during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

    Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) stops Montreal Canadiens right wing Michael Ryder (73) during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

  • Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher (11) is flipped by Ottawa Senators' Mika Zibanejad during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

    Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher (11) is flipped by Ottawa Senators' Mika Zibanejad during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

  • Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) celebrates with Kyle Turris (7) after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

    Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) celebrates with Kyle Turris (7) after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

  • Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) reacts after a goal by Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson as Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson (11) watches during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

    Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) reacts after a goal by Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson as Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson (11) watches during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

  • Montreal Canadiens center Lars Eller is placed onto a stretcher after being checked by Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

    Montreal Canadiens center Lars Eller is placed onto a stretcher after being checked by Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

  • Montreal Canadiens' Lars Eller lies injured on the ice following a hit by Ottawa Senators' Eric Gryba during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

    Montreal Canadiens' Lars Eller lies injured on the ice following a hit by Ottawa Senators' Eric Gryba during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

  • Montreal Canadiens' Lars Eller receives medical attention following a hit by Ottawa Senators' Eric Gryba during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

    Montreal Canadiens' Lars Eller receives medical attention following a hit by Ottawa Senators' Eric Gryba during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

  • Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) stops Montreal Canadiens right wing Michael Ryder (73) during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
  • Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher (11) is flipped by Ottawa Senators' Mika Zibanejad during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)
  • Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) celebrates with Kyle Turris (7) after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
  • Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) reacts after a goal by Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson as Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson (11) watches during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
  • Montreal Canadiens center Lars Eller is placed onto a stretcher after being checked by Ottawa Senators defenseman Eric Gryba during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
  • Montreal Canadiens' Lars Eller lies injured on the ice following a hit by Ottawa Senators' Eric Gryba during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)
  • Montreal Canadiens' Lars Eller receives medical attention following a hit by Ottawa Senators' Eric Gryba during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series in Montreal on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

Craig Anderson made 48 saves in a spectacular goaltending performance as the Ottawa Senators beat the Montreal Canadiens, 4-2, last night in Game 1 of their playoff series.

Jakob Silfverberg and Marc Methot scored early in the third period and gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, with Game 2 set for tonight at the Bell Centre.

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, who was beaten twice through the pads.

Rene Bourque and Brendan Gallagher replied for Montreal, which set a team record for shots in a regulation-time playoff game.

Montreal center Lars Eller was wheeled off on a stretcher bleeding heavily from the nose and was taken to a hospital with what the team said were head and facial injuries after he was caught with a shoulder to the face on an open-ice hit from Senators defenseman Eric Gryba.

Capitals 3, Rangers 1

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 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 game for the Capitals, the third-seeded team in the Eastern Conference.

Carl Hagelin had put sixth-seeded New York ahead 1-0 in the first period – the only puck that made it past Braden Holtby, who finished with 35 saves.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is tomorrow in Washington.

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