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Ottawa Senators OTT 0 1 2 3
24 SHOTS 34
32 FACEOFFS 26
21 HITS 37
13 PIM 9
1/2 PP 0/4
1 GIVEAWAYS 5
3 TAKEAWAYS 6
9 BLOCKED SHOTS 16
       

Hot goaltender finds a way to snap Rangers' streak

Thursday, 01.12.2012 / 9:52 PM

2011-12 Game No. 41; Home Game No. 19 Rangers' Record: 27-10-4
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Craig Anderson made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season, Jason Spezza scored twice, and the Ottawa Senators beat the surging Rangers 3-0 Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.

Milan Michalek also scored for the Senators, who have won five straight at The Garden and seven of eight there (7-0-1).

The Rangers, who entered with the most points in the NHL, had won five straight and 10 of 11.

Anderson's 17th career shutout, and first since a 44-save effort against Washington on March 25, came nearly two years after Ottawa's winning streak began in New York with a 2-0 victory on Jan. 14, 2010.

During a busy first period in which the Rangers recorded 11 of the first 14 shots and took 12 straight, Anderson made two key saves on the same sequence 5:30 minutes in. He made a toe stop on Derek Stepan's shot and then sprawled across the crease to get his left pad on Marc Staal's backhand attempt on the rebound.

"If they get that one early, I think it's a different hockey game," Anderson said on a night in which Anderson improved to 7-0-1 in his last eight games. The Senators are 10-1-2 in their last 13.

"They (the Rangers) are a team that has been outworking a lot of teams, and they grind you down," Spezza said. "I thought we were right there with them competing and not giving up any ground. Andy played great."
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
The Rangers’ current .707 winning percentage is the team’s best start through 41 games in 40 years, when the 1971-72 Blueshirts began the season with a 28-6-7 record (.768 winning percentage), and is the third best start in franchise history.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Boyle 2. Hagelin 3. Staal


THE BIGGER PICTURE
It took an incredibly hot goaltender in Craig Anderson to beat the Rangers, even though the Blueshirts outshot Ottawa by a lot. The formula for success was foiled in this one, but only because of the visiting goaltender's superb performance.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Girardi (26:29)
Shots -- Richards, Boyle, Stepan (4)
Hits --Boyle (8)
Blocks -- Bickel (4)
Takeaways -- Six players tied (1)
Faceoffs -- Boyle (19)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP VS. OTTAWA
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Wojtek Wolski Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin Brian Boyle Ruslan Fedotenko
Mike Rupp John Mitchell Brandon Prust
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
Marc Staal Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Hagelin, Boyle, Fedotenko.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Rupp/Anisimov Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Wojtek Wolski Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh Anton Stralman
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Callahan/Prust Brian Boyle
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
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