Rangers stave off elimination with Game 6 win

Ryan Callahan, center, celebrates with Marian Gaborik after Derek Stepan, right, scored the game opener.

The Rangers’ future saved the Rangers’ present.

Derek Stepan finished with three points and Chris Kreider scored his first NHL goal in the Rangers’ 3-1 win over the Senators in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series  Monday night.

Brad Richards had a goal and an assist. Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves.

The series is tied 3-3. Game 7 is Thursday night at the Garden.

Stepan ended Craig Anderson’s shutout streak at 145:37 with a second period power play goal that tied the game at 1-1.

Richards’ 5-on-3 power play laser over Anderson’s stick put them up, 2-1. Kreider snapped a laser with 40 seconds left in the period to push the Rangers’ lead to 3-1. It would be the eventual game-winner.

Jason Spezza and Chris Neil scored for Ottawa. Anderson made 19 saves.

Follow Rangers beat writer Denis Gorman on Twitter @DenisGorman.



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