NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Ottawa
(Tuesday, March 2nd)
Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Ottawa 1
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Ryan Callahan scored twice during New York's four-goal second period and Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves, as the Rangers topped the Ottawa Senators, 4-1, at Scotiabank Place.
Brandon Dubinsky and Sean Avery also scored for New York, which resumed their season after the Olympic break with their third consecutive victory. New York is currently in fourth place in the Atlantic Division with 65 points and will host Pittsburgh on Thursday.
"We felt good after the break," said Callahan. "We tried not to have that mental letdown."
Milan Michalek scored the only goal for Ottawa, which posted a strong 5-2 mark in February prior to the Olympics. Goaltender Brian Elliott started for the Senators but was pulled after the second period as he allowed four goals on 16 shots. Pascal Leclaire made nine saves in relief.
"We didn't have a good game and in this league, you need to bounce back quickly," said Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson.
Earlier Tuesday, Ottawa acquired defenseman Andy Sutton from the New York Islanders in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2010.
Michalek's tally was the only goal of the first period. Jason Spezza carried the puck down the left-wing side on a 3-on-2 rush and sent a pass across the slot for a successful one-timer by Michalek from inside the right circle 3:51 after the opening faceoff.
The Rangers, however, exploded for four goals in the second.
After Callahan's 16th marker of 2009-10 only 22 seconds into the frame knotted the contest, the visitors scored three times within a 2:02 span in the latter stages of the period.
First, at 15:44, Dubinsky made it 2-1 with his 14th goal. On a 2-on-2 rush, Dubinsky carried the puck over the blue line along the left-wing side and put the brakes on at the half-wall. Dubinsky then drifted in toward the top of the circle and released a wrister that made its way through traffic in front and past Elliott.
"We had good energy and a good forecheck, and we stuck to our gameplan," said Dubinsky.
Callahan struck again with 3:04 to go before the second intermission for a 3-1 New York advantage. A save by Elliott led to a loose puck in the goal mouth and Callahan's backhanded rebound attempt from near the left post hit Elliott and deflected into the back of the cage.
Only 50 seconds later, New York struck again. This time it was Avery, whose redirection one-timer from atop the crease slid home after a pass from the right side near the bottom of the circle by Enver Lisin.
Callahan and New York forward Chris Drury won silver medals with Team USA at the Olympics...Avery has eight goals this season...It was Michalek's 21st goal...The teams combined to go scoreless on three power-play chances, two of which were awarded to Ottawa...Prior to the Olympic break, Ottawa had won 14 of its previous 16 games.
03/02 23:46:23 ET