New York at Ottawa

Rangers 2, Senators 0


OTTAWA -- Brandon Dubinsky had gone more than a month since his last goal. Once he gave the New York Rangers the early lead, Henrik Lundqvist took care of the rest.

Lundqvist made 33 saves to earn his second shutout in three games, and Dubinsky and Lauri Korpikoski provided the offense in the Rangers' 2-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

"It's been a struggle for me to score goals," said Dubinsky, who hadn't had one since Nov. 24. "I've had chances and felt like I was playing well and making good shots but they weren't going in for me.

"To have a gift like that is nice. Hopefully the floodgates will open and they'll start going in a little more now."

Lundqvist, selected this week for his first NHL All-Star game, stopped 27 shots in a 4-0 victory over Pittsburgh on Monday to pick up his first shutout this season. He allowed five goals in a home loss to Montreal on Wednesday, but bounced back against Ottawa after taking a game off.

He has 19 career shutouts in four NHL seasons. Lundqvist served as the backup to Steve Valiquette on Friday night in the Rangers' 2-1 shootout loss at Buffalo.

That spoiled the outing by Senators goalie Brian Elliott, who made his second NHL start. Ottawa didn't fare any better at home after returning from a 1-6-1 road trip.

Elliott, the AHL goalie of the month in December, was called up in an effort to give the Senators a spark. He played well, but the effort was futile as the Senators had no answers against Lundqvist. Ottawa was shut out for the fourth time this season.

"I felt I was seeing the puck pretty well and the guys were keeping the shots from outside," Elliott said. "I did not do too bad but obviously you want to be perfect. But it's not a perfect world.

"I tried my hardest out there and hopefully we can get on a winning streak here at home. Obviously, I want to be a part of that."

Dubinsky snapped a 19-game drought without a goal when he scored his sixth of the season in the first period. Korpikoski netted his second, after returning from a recent benching, giving the Rangers insurance in the third period.

Elliott made 25 saves, including one against Petr Prucha during a breakaway early in the third. But soon after, Elliott wasn't tight enough against the post, and a quick shot from Korpikoski slipped through at 5:22.

"He was good," Senators coach Craig Hartsburg said of Elliott. "That first goal was a bit of a scramble and some confusion around the net. The second one was a real good shot."

Dubinsky scored the first goal when a rebound bounced off Korpikoski's chest right to him at the side of the net. Dubinsky swatted the puck past Elliott at 15:09.

The Senators were outshot 14-9 in the first period, but outhustled the Rangers in the second period to own a 14-4 edge. Ottawa also had a 5-on-3 advantage for 25 seconds, but was unable to get anything going.

"For the overall 60 minutes it was a real tight hockey game," Hartsburg said. "It's always a tough game coming back off a long road trip, and the guys were trying different things but they just weren't able to execute."

The Senators have lost five games in a row and eight of nine. They are 3-11-2 in the past month.

"We got better as the game went on and took over in the second, but we didn't have that last push for us to get close in the third," captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "The difference was the second period. If we score there, we're in the game."


  • The Rangers went more than four periods between penalties before Chris Drury was whistled for hooking at 1:29 of the second period. New York didn't receive a penalty against Buffalo on Friday and went 91 minutes, 59 seconds between calls.
  • The Senators lead the series with the Rangers 31-22-3-5.
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NY Rangers  (25-15-4) «1012
Ottawa (13-21-6)0000
Three Stars
L. Korpikoski

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
H. Lundqvist

Saves: 33
Save Pct.: 1.000
B. Elliott

Saves: 25
Save Pct.: .926

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Scoring Summary
15:09Brandon Dubinsky (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Korpikoski, Prucha
05:22Lauri Korpikoski (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Zherdev, Kalinin
Penalty Summary
01:29Drury, 2 min, Hooking
03:04Kalinin, 2 min, Holding
10:53Bell, 2 min, Interference
10:07Neil, 2 min, Roughing
10:07Staal, 2 min, Roughing
10:07Neil, 2 min, Roughing
14:58Naslund, 2 min, High-Sticking
17:32Foligno, 2 min, Cross-Checking
17:32Naslund, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
19:23Spezza, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
New York144927
Henrik Lundqvist60:00330
Brian Elliott58:00252
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
NY Rangers0-for-3
Game Information
Attendance - 19029
Referees - Bill McCreary, Steve Kozari
Linesmen - David Brisebois, Michel Cormier
Other Games
NJ 5 Final
LA 1
Min 2 Final
Colu 4
Pitt 3 Final
Colo 5
Tor 1 Final
Phi 4
Car 1 Final
Bos 5
Wash 4 Final
Mon 5
Dal 0 Final
Pho 1
SJ 4 Final
Van 2
Chi 1 Final
Nash 4
Atl 4 Final
Fla 8
Buf 1 Final
Det 3

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