New York at Ottawa

Rangers deal slumping Senators sixth straight loss


OTTAWA -- Brendan Shanahan made sure the New York Rangers took advantage of the struggling Ottawa Senators.

Shanahan scored two goals and the Rangers beat the Senators 5-2 Saturday, handing the Eastern Conference champions their sixth straight loss.

With the win, the Rangers moved a game behind Ottawa for the conference lead.

"We came in here definitely catching a team down," said Shanahan. "And when a team is down you want to jump on them and you don't want to give them a chance to build confidence and build good things."

Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves for his league-leading 14th win. Jaromir Jagr, Dan Girardi and Blair Betts also scored for New York, which took a 4-0 lead before Joe Corvo and Dany Heatley scored for Ottawa.

Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson each had two assists for the Senators.

Martin Gerber, who shut out the Rangers 2-0 on Oct. 6, made his 19th start of the season but was replaced by Ray Emery after allowing three goals on 12 first-period shots.

"I thought towards the end of the second and into the third we showed a little more energy in their zone," Senators coach John Paddock said. "We're a good hockey team that's a lot better than we're playing right now. But we're not winning lots of battles in the corners either offensively or defensively."

Girardi scored 3:37 into the game and Shanahan followed four minutes later. Jagr scored four minutes after that to put Ottawa in a 3-0 hole.

"Ottawa's having a bit of a tough stretch right now, as everybody does, and we respect that as much as anybody because we've been through that," Rangers coach Tom Renney said. "The gap's been closed by a combination of the fact that we've played better and they've been having a bit of a tough go."


  • Betts' goal was into an empty net.
  • Lundqvist has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 17 of 24 games this season.
  • Spezza has at least one assist in his past seven games.
  • Shanahan leads active players with 636 goals.
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Henrik Lundqvist makes one of 32 saves to earn his league-best 14th victory. (AP)
Henrik Lundqvist makes one of 32 saves to earn his league-best 14th victory. (AP)
NY Rangers  (15-9-2) «3115
Ottawa (16-7-2)0112
Three Stars
B. Shanahan

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
H. Lundqvist

Saves: 31
Save Pct.: .939
S. Gomez

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
03:37Daniel Girardi (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Marcel Hossa
07:23Brendan Shanahan (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Scott Gomez, Marcel Hossa
11:40Power Play - Jaromir Jagr (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Michal Rozsival
09:33Power Play - Brendan Shanahan (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Martin Straka
14:28Joe Corvo (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson
14:02Dany Heatley (14), Slap Shot. Assist: Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson
19:18Blair Betts (1), Empty Net, Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
10:21Spezza, 2 min, Hooking
14:14McGrattan, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
17:17Straka, 2 min, Holding
33.0Tyutin, 2 min, Roughing
01:48Spezza, 2 min, Tripping
08:46Vermette, 2 min, Hooking
15:20Fisher, 2 min, Tripping
07:16Corvo, 2 min, Holding
15:09Prucha, 2 min, High-Sticking
Shots On Goal
New York129425
Henrik Lundqvist59:31312
Ray Emery39:47111
Martin Gerber20:0093
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Referees - Tim Peel, Brian Pochmara
Linesmen - Steve Miller, Greg Devorski
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