OTT
41-31-10
NYR
51-24-7

24 SOG
34 SOG

Hot goaltender finds a way to snap Rangers' streak

xxx | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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
1st2nd3rdT
OTT
NYR
Scoring Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
08:54OTT Jason Spezza (17) ASST: Chris Phillips (12) 1 - 0 OTT
3rd Period
13:58OTT Milan Michalek (23) ASST: Erik Karlsson (36), Colin Greening (15) 2 - 0 OTT
15:33OTT PPG - Jason Spezza (18) ASST: Erik Karlsson (37) 3 - 0 OTT
Three Stars of the Game
Craig Anderson
1st
Craig Anderson
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 29-29
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: 1.000SH: 1-1
Jason Spezza
2nd
Jason Spezza
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 19:47
Milan Michalek
3rd
Milan Michalek
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 20:48
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:43NYR Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Zenon Konopka
06:43OTT Zenon Konopka  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
07:52OTT Nick Foligno  Too many men/ice - bench
11:29OTT Filip Kuba  Cross checking against  Ryan Callahan
19:15NYR Ruslan Fedotenko  Kneeing against  Jason Spezza
2nd Period
19:47OTT Chris Neil  Boarding against  Michael Del Zotto
3rd Period
14:37NYR Ryan Callahan  Hi-sticking against  Filip Kuba
19:12OTT Milan Michalek  Slashing against  Carl Hagelin
shots by period
PeriodOTTNYR
1st813
2nd711
3rd910
Total2434
Team Stats
CategoryOTTNYR
Power Plays1/20/4
Hits2137
Faceoff Wins3226
Giveaways15
Takeaways36
Blocked Shots916
Penalty Minutes139
  • OTTAWA
  • NY RANGERS
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
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4C. PhillipsD0120015:54
5B. LeeD0000013:53
7K. TurrisC0014015:42
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22E. CondraR0013016:22
23K. DaugavinsL000106:50
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28Z. KonopkaC000056:16
55S. GoncharD0002024:00
65E. KarlssonD0211020:44
71N. FolignoL0002015:38
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
41C. Anderson34341.00060:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
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8B. PrustL000059:44
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34J. MitchellC000107:09
41S. BickelD0000014:35
42A. AnisimovC00-10011:35
62C. HagelinL00-12017:35
71M. RuppL000206:54
86W. WolskiL0003014:50
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30H. Lundqvist2124.87559:59