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New York at Ottawa

Sauer's first NHL goal turns out winner for Rangers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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OTTAWA -- While Mike Sauer made his first NHL goal a memorable one, Ottawa's Matt Carkner stirred up some bad blood, and perhaps even flicked some at the New York Rangers.

Sauer scored his first goal on a power play with 5:19 left to break a tie, and New York went on to beat the Senators 5-3 on Thursday.

The defenseman took a cross-ice pass from Brandon Prust and drove a slap shot past goalie Brian Elliott to give New York its first lead.

"It's something you're always going to remember," Sauer said. "At every level you remember your first one and it was great that it was a game-winning goal, too. I'm definitely excited."

Carkner got a misconduct added to his roughing major after a fight with Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard at 17:29 of the first.

Rangers coach John Tortorella refused to comment on what the Ottawa defenseman did as he passed by New York's bench after the fight. Some Rangers players suggested that Carkner sent blood toward them.

"I heard something like that, that he was swiping blood and flicking it at our guys," forward Brandon Dubinsky said. "I'm not sure 100 percent."

Carkner denied the accusation.

"I was getting off the ice, and maybe I made a gesture," he said.

Mike Fisher scored twice, Jason Spezza added a goal, and Elliott made 23 saves for the Senators, who have lost 10 of 13 (3-9-1).

Erik Christensen drew the Rangers even for the third time earlier in the third period. Dubinsky scored into an empty net with 51.9 seconds remaining.

Derek Stepan and Ruslan Fedotenko also scored for New York, which replied quickly after each of Ottawa's first two goals.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 24 shots for the Rangers, who have won seven of 10 despite a 3-1 loss to the Senators on Sunday in the first half of the home-and-home series.

Ottawa has been outscored 39-19 in the third period.

"We need to clean up that area for sure," said Senators forward Nick Foligno, who had two assists. "Third periods are when games are won, so we've got to maybe be a little bit more resilient, you know, dig a little bit deeper. That comes from within the team."

Christensen netted his fifth goal 3:30 into the third when his shot from the left corner somehow got past Elliott, who was hugging the right post.

"It was a really good effort coming back three times," Lundqvist said. "I think we were just determined to win this one after a tough loss at home where they got the late goal there. It felt really good the way we responded."

Lundqvist made a sparkling glove save off Foligno on Ottawa's first shot of the game, after Michal Rozsival was penalized for high-sticking Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson 1:33 in, but Foligno passed the rebound to Fisher, who fired in his eighth goal.

Stepan tied it 1:46 later with his seventh.

Spezza made it 2-1 with Ottawa's second power-play goal 34 seconds into the second period. Fedotenko tied it at 2 with his fifth goal 69 seconds later.

Fisher appeared to make it three goals in 1:34 when he sent a shot past Lundqvist at 2:08, but referee Paul Devorski's call was overturned when a replay showed that Fisher's shot struck the crossbar and bounced onto the ice without crossing the goal line before caroming off the left post.

Fisher's second of the game put Ottawa up 3-2 at 8:47. It was his ninth this season.

Notes

  • Rangers D Michael Del Zotto was scratched for the first time this season. Del Zotto has two goals and six assists in 29 games.
  • The Senators had scored fewer than two goals in eight of 12 games.
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Defenseman Mike Sauer proudly shows the puck he used to score his first career goal in the NHL. (Getty Images)
Defenseman Mike Sauer proudly shows the puck he used to score his first career goal in the NHL. (Getty Images)
Scoreboard
NY Rangers  (17-12-1) «1135
Ottawa (12-16-2)1203
Three Stars
M. Fisher
OTT


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
M. Gaborik
NYR


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
B. Prust
NYR


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:54Power Play - Mike Fisher (8), Wrist Shot. Assist: Foligno
04:40 - Derek Stepan (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Gaborik
2ND PERIOD
34.0Power Play - Jason Spezza (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Karlsson, Gonchar
01:43 - Ruslan Fedotenko (5), Snap Shot. Assist: Gaborik, Rozsival
08:47 - Mike Fisher (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Foligno, Campoli
3RD PERIOD
03:30 - Erik Christensen (5), Slap Shot. Assist: Rozsival, Eminger
14:41Power Play - Mike Sauer (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Prust, Avery
19:08 - Brandon Dubinsky (13), Empty Net, Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
01:33Rozsival, 2 min, High-Sticking
05:45Frolov, 2 min, Boarding
10:09Foligno, 2 min, Tripping
17:29Boogaard, 5 min, Fighting
17:29Carkner, 5 min, Fighting
17:29Carkner, 10 min, Misconduct
19:36Dubinsky, 2 min, Roughing
2ND PERIOD
10:03Phillips, 2 min, Slashing
13:54Kuba, 2 min, Interference
3RD PERIOD
04:29Rozsival, 2 min, Hooking
12:46Neil, 2 min, Charging
Shots On Goal
 123T
NYR616628
OTT1010727
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Henrik Lundqvist60:00243
Brian Elliott59:26234
Game Information
Attendance - 16324
Referees - Stephane Auger, Paul Devorski
Linesmen - Scott Driscoll, Michel Cormier
 
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