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30 SOG
41 SOG

Red-hot Anderson stops 41 as Sens take series lead

xxx | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Playoff Game No. 5; Home Game No. 3 Ottawa leads series 3-2
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Craig Anderson stopped 41 shots to make Jason Spezza's first-period goal stand up, and the Ottawa Senators pushed the top-seeded Rangers to the brink of elimination with a 2-0 victory Saturday night in Game 5.

The Senators, the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, have won two straight and will have a chance to knock out the Rangers on Monday night in Ottawa. If the Blueshirts can stay alive, the deciding Game 7 would be back at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.

Spezza added insurance by scoring an empty-net goal with 55.3 seconds remaining, and Anderson was perfect in earning his second career NHL playoff shutout. He stood tall in the third period when the Rangers pressed for the tying goal. Since the Rangers took a 2-0 lead in the first period of their 3-2 overtime loss in Game 4, Anderson has gone 116 minutes, 32 seconds without allowing a goal.

Henrik Lundqvist was nearly as good in making 28 saves for New York.

Ottawa would be an unlikely participant in the second round, especially if the Senators get there without captain Daniel Alfredsson, who has been sidelined since Game 2 because of a concussion following a hit by Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin. Hagelin, suspended three games by the NHL for the hit, is eligible to return Monday.

The Rangers fired 15 shots at Anderson in the third period, but couldn't get a puck past him -- even during their fourth power play of the night.

Spezza netted his first goal of the series 9:18 in off an assist from teenager Mark Stone, who made his NHL debut after playing junior hockey last week.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
The 41 shots were the most by the Blueshirts in a playoff game since they registered 46 shots in a 2-1 double overtime win against Buffalo on April 29, 2007, in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series. The last time the Rangers registered at least 41 shots in a playoff game that ended in regulation was Apr. 20, 1997, when they registered 44 shots on goal against Florida in a 3-0 win in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Lundqvist 2. Richards 3. McDonagh


THE BIGGER PICTURE
Rangers head coach John Tortorella has come back and won a playoff series in this situation before. His 2004 Tampa Bay team lost Game 5 in a home heartbreaker only to come back and take Games 6 and 7. That was on a bigger stage -- the Stanley Cup Finals.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- Girardi (27:48)
Shots -- Richards, Stepan (7)
Hits -- Girardi, Prust (6)
Blocks -- McDonagh (4)
Takeaways -- Callahan (2)
Faceoffs -- Richards (26)

NEW YORK RANGERS' GAME 5 LINEUP VS. OTTAWA
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Brandon Dubinsky Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Ruslan Fedotenko Brian Boyle Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp John Mitchell Chris Kreider
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Dubinsky, Richards, Callahan.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Brad Richards Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Brian Boyle Artem Anisimov
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
Dan Girardi Derek Stepan
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan
Ruslan Fedotenko Brandon Dubinsky
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Marc Staal Michael Del Zotto
1st2nd3rdT
OTT
NYR
Scoring Summary
1st Period
09:18OTT Jason Spezza (1) ASST: Mark Stone (1), Filip Kuba (2) 1 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
19:04OTT EN - Jason Spezza (2) ASST: Zenon Konopka (2) 2 - 0 OTT
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:45NYR Brandon Prust  Roughing against  Chris Neil
03:45OTT Chris Neil  Roughing against  Brandon Prust
06:51OTT Sergei Gonchar  Hooking against  Ryan Callahan
11:40OTT Jared Cowen  Interference against  Artem Anisimov
17:45OTT Jason Spezza  Roughing against  Ryan Callahan
2nd Period
00:52NYR Ruslan Fedotenko  Hi-sticking against  Chris Neil
13:48NYR Mike Rupp  Charging against  Jim O'Brien
17:23NYR Ryan Callahan  Roughing against  Colin Greening
3rd Period
09:04NYR Ryan Callahan  Interference on goalkeeper against  Craig Anderson
13:21OTT Milan Michalek  Slashing against  Ruslan Fedotenko
shots by period
PeriodOTTNYR
1st914
2nd1212
3rd915
Total3041
Team Stats
CategoryOTTNYR
Power Plays0/40/4
Hits2241
Faceoff Wins3225
Giveaways36
Takeaways46
Blocked Shots1019
Penalty Minutes1010
  • OTTAWA
  • NY RANGERS
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#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
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