NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at NY Rangers
(Thursday, January 14th)
Final Score: Ottawa 2, NY Rangers 0
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Chris Campoli broke a scoreless tie with 74 seconds left in regulation, and Mike Brodeur recorded the first shutout of his career in Ottawa's 2-0 win over the Rangers.
Brodeur, called up from the minors on an emergency basis after starter Pascal Leclaire was injured in practice, improved to 2-0-0 in two career games after making 32 saves.
"It was a great atmosphere. It was a great game, back-and-forth," Brodeur said. "The guys did a good job in front of me -- made my job easy tonight."
Chris Kelly added an empty-net tally for the Senators, who snapped a dreadful five-game losing streak that saw the team outscored, 22-5. Ottawa also continued its recent success in Madison Square Garden, improving to 7-1-1 in its last nine games at the venue.
The Rangers, who had earned a point in seven straight games (4-0-3), were blanked for the second straight night by a goalie named Brodeur. New York had lost, 1-0, in a shootout on Tuesday against the Devils in a contest started by the all-time leader in goaltender wins, Martin Brodeur.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32-of-33 shots in the loss, only the Rangers' second regulation defeat in 11 games this season against the Northeast Division.
After skating for 58-plus minutes without either team scoring a goal, Ottawa finally cracked the scoreboard.
Mike Fisher sent a pass to Alex Kovalev in an offensive zone rotation, and Kovalev skated out to the point. Kovalev quickly saw a wide-open Campoli at the base of the left circle and quickly fired a pass to him. Campoli went to the front of the slot and fired a wrister short-side past Lundqvist's stick for the game's first goal.
"We played hard for the whole game, and then I don't know what we did in the last minute," Lundqvist said. "When you don't score, a mistake like that costs you. It is frustrating because, I think, everybody is playing hard and playing solid defensively but it comes down to we need to score goals, too."
New York pulled its netminder in an attempt to net the equalizer, but Kelly added an empty-net goal with 11 seconds left to squash those hopes.
Brodeur, who is not related to his same name Devils counterpart, made 10 saves in the first period to keep the Rangers off the board, while Lundqvist stopped 15 shots.
A clean second period saw only one power play -- by New York inside of four minutes remaining -- but the game remained scoreless after Brodeur stopped 10 shots and Lundqvist turned away 12.
Ottawa improved to 7-13-1 on the road, while New York dropped to 10-11-4 at home...The Rangers are 8-2-1 against the Northeast Division and lead the season series with the Senators, 2-1...Ottawa continued to skate without captain Daniel Alfredsson (separated left shoulder), center Jason Spezza (knee) and left wing Milan Michalek (concussion).
01/14 23:18:23 ET