NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at NY Rangers
(Sunday, November 23rd)
Final Score: NY Rangers 6, Ottawa 2
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Jussi Markkanen stopped 23 shots and the Rangers had six different players score goals, as New York beat the Ottawa Senators 6-2 at Madison Square Garden.
Martin Rucinsky, Bobby Holik, Brian Leetch, Jan Hlavac, Peter Nedved and Alex Kovalev each scored a goal each for the Rangers. Kovalev added two assists for the Rangers, who improved their home mark to 6-2-2-2.
Patrick Lalime made 16 saves, but gave up all six goals as the Senators fell to 3-4-2-1 on the road.
Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and an assist for the Senators, who were looking for their fourth straight win against New York.
Rucinsky tallied the game's first goal 6:40 into the opening stanza. Leetch who assisted on the goal found Rucinsky all alone in front of the net, as his backhander beat Lalime. Rucinsky had three assists in the game.
Holik put the Rangers up 2-0 off his own rebounded shot with 1:32 gone by in the second period. Holik followed up his shot with several whacks at the puck and put through his sixth goal of the season.
Ottawa got on the board as Alfredsson scored a power-play goal with 5:02 gone by in the second stanza.It was his ninth of the year.The power play was a result of Eric Lindros getting called for a charging penalty. Alfredsson one timed a 52-foot slap shot from the center of the point that beat Blackburn to cut the lead to 2-1.
The Rangers scored two unanswered goals in the second period.
New York came right back in less than two minutes. Rucinsky and Leetch skated down the ice with Rucinsky handling the puck and he spotted Leetch open who deposited a short backhander for a 3-1 lead. Lalime never had a chance at the save, he was out of position and it was an easy tally for Leetch.
The Rangers continued the scoring. Kovalev skated down the left side of the ice with the puck and waited for a streaking Hlavac. Kovalev drew the puck back in front of the net and from there Hlavac put the puck in the net for a commanding 4-1 lead with 6:02 left in the second.
The Senators answered back. A Holik roughing penalty, gave the Senators a two minute power play. From there Wade Redden scored an unassisted goal on a slap shot that slipped underneath Markkanen. The lead was cut to 4-2 with just under a minute remaining in the second. The goal was Redden's fourth of the year.
The third period saw the Rangers score two goals in 13 seconds.
Anson Carter flicked a backhanded pass to a trailing Nedved who snapped a shot pass Lalime for a 5-2 lead 6:04 into the third period.
Seconds later Kovalev blasted a 12-foot wrist shot that hit the far post and wrapped around the net for a goal. That made the game 6-2 New York with 6:17 gone by in the final stanza. After Kovalev's goal, Martin Prusek replaced Lalime who was done for the game.
Ottawa swept the season series from the Rangers last season...The last 13 of Ottawa's 17 goals have been power play goals...The fastest two goals the Rangers ever scored were back in 1991 when they scored two in four seconds against the Islanders...Rangers are 7-0-1-2 when leading after two periods...Senators are 0-2-0-2 when trailing after two periods.
11/23 19:58:55 ET