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New York at Ottawa

Rangers get back on track with victory in Ottawa

CBSSports.com wire reports
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OTTAWA -- Even though the New York Rangers believe their playoff destiny is theirs to determine, they admit that they do a little scoreboard-watching.

Derek Stepan had a goal and an assist, Mats Zuccarello and Artem Anisimov scored 12 seconds apart in the second period and the Rangers ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over Ottawa on Friday.

Vinny Prospal also scored to help New York move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference, a point ahead of Carolina and five behind sixth-place Montreal. The Hurricanes lost in Chicago on Friday night.

Eastern Conference
SeedTeamGPPTSROW
1z-Pittsburgh487233
2y-Montreal486326
3y-Washington485724
4x-Boston486224
5x-Toronto485726
6x-N.Y. Rangers485622
7x-Ottawa485621
8x-N.Y. Islanders485520
Eliminated
9o-Winnipeg485122
10o-Philadelphia484922
11o-New Jersey484817
12o-Buffalo484814
13o-Carolina484218
14o-Tampa Bay484017
15o-Florida483612
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"We're in a position where we control our own fate, we control our own destiny and the way we play and the points that we get," Rangers center Brandon Dubinsky said. "Obviously, you can't help but take a peek, but at the same time we're in charge of ourselves and we hold the key to what our future is."

The Rangers entered the game on a 4-10-1 skid that dropped them to eighth in the East. On Thursday night they dropped their third straight at home, falling to Minnesota.

"Every game now is so important to us," said Henrik Lundqvist, who made 28 saves in his 11th consecutive start. "We had a good road trip. We came back to New York, played three at home and didn't get any points.

"That was really frustrating and now we come back on the road and do our job and that's just great to see. We have one more home game and then we go on the road again. Hopefully we can get going here."

The NHL leader with eight shutouts, Lundqvist lost his bid for another 4:56 into the third on Sergei Gonchar's power-play goal.

"You lose three at home, it's a kick in the teeth, but you wake up this morning, we're still in the playoffs, we're still right in the middle of it," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "It's just trying to gather ourselves and stay with one another, stay within our structure, and I thought for the most part we did a pretty good job tonight."

Craig Anderson stopped 23 shots for Ottawa. He has made seven consecutive starts, going 4-3 since the Senators acquired him in a Feb. 18 swap of struggling goalies that sent Brian Elliott to Colorado.

"We've got to do a better job of just trying to generate more offense for him," Senators left wing Nick Foligno said.

Anderson entered with a 1.16 goals-against-average and a .966 save percentage in his first six starts with Ottawa, allowing one goal or fewer five times.

The Rangers were immune to the hot goalie's spell, though, building a 4-0 lead before Gonchar finally got one past Lundqvist.

"You could definitely tell that they were playing for their playoff lives," Foligno said.

Prospal opened the scoring midway through the first when he picked up the puck in the right corner while Sean Avery battled with Senators defenseman Chris Phillips behind the net. The former Senators forward curled around to the right faceoff circle where he snapped a low shot past Anderson 10:08 in.

A pair of quick goals in the second put a sudden dent in Anderson's stellar statistics and increased the Rangers' lead to 3-0.

Zuccarello drove the net after making a pass to Stepan from the left corner, putting himself in position to put away a rebound for his fourth goal 6:26 into the middle period.

New York's second goal was still being announced when Anisimov made it 3-0 at 6:38. Sprung by a pass from Ryan Callahan at the blue line, Anisimov drove in alone and deked to put a shot past Anderson for his 15th goal.

Lundqvist made a lunging save to deny Senators left wing Nick Foligno moments later.

Ottawa's Chris Neil caused a scrum when he crashed the net after Lundqvist made a save early in the third. Neil and Rangers center Brian Boyle were given roughing minors.

Stepan got his second point of the game with his 18th goal on the ensuing 4-on-4 when he drove in on Anderson and roofed a shot to make it 4-0.

Gonchar got his seventh goal after Matt Gilroy was penalized for high-sticking.

Notes

  • Rangers RW Marian Gaborik (concussion) missed his fifth straight game, though he accompanied the team to Ottawa and skated with backup G Chad Johnson earlier in the day.
  • New York D Steve Eminger, who assisted on Stepan's goal, played his 400th regular-season game.
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Making his 11th consecutive start, Henrik Lundqvist stops 28 shots, but comes up short of getting another shutout. (AP)
Making his 11th consecutive start, Henrik Lundqvist stops 28 shots, but comes up short of getting another shutout. (AP)

Scoreboard
NY Rangers  (34-29-4) «1214
Ottawa (22-34-9)0011
Three Stars
H. Lundqvist
NYR


Saves: 28
Save Pct.: .966
D. Girardi
NYR


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
D. Stepan
NYR


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
10:08 - Vaclav Prospal (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Avery
2ND PERIOD
06:26 - Mats Zuccarello (4), Backhand Shot. Assist: Stepan, Wolski
06:38 - Artem Anisimov (15), Slap Shot. Assist: Callahan, Girardi
3RD PERIOD
02:25 - Derek Stepan (18), Slap Shot. Assist: Wolski, Eminger
04:56Power Play - Sergei Gonchar (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Spezza, Karlsson
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:17Callahan, 2 min, Holding
11:45Svatos, 2 min, Tripping
16:13Zuccarello, 2 min, Boarding
2ND PERIOD
08:49Karlsson, 2 min, Tripping
3RD PERIOD
01:28Boyle, 2 min, Roughing
01:28Neil, 2 min, Roughing
04:06Gilroy, 2 min, High-Sticking
15:51Foligno, 2 min, Tripping
18:52Karlsson, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
 123T
NYR891027
OTT8101129
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Henrik Lundqvist60:00281
Craig Anderson59:55234
Game Information
Attendance - 17497
Referees - Rob Martell, Kevin Pollock
Linesmen - Lonnie Cameron, Derek Nansen
 
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