The Senators got goals from Bobby Ryan, Cody Ceci and Zack Smith, and 27 saves from Craig Anderson, and edged the Rangers, 3-2, Wednesday night in Ottawa. The Rangers have lost 3 of their last 4, while the win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Senators.
After falling behind 1-0 on a laser-beam by Ryan at the 4:01 mark of the 1st period, the Blueshirts tied the game up early in the 2nd. Michael Grabner redirected a pretty cross-ice pass from Mats Zuccarello past Anderson at 3:57 to make it 1-1. It was Grabner’s team-leading 15th goal of the season. But Ceci made it 2-1 with 4:52 to go in the 2nd period. Brendan Smith lost the puck – and his stick – in front of the Rangers net, and Ceci lifted the loose puck past Henrik Lundqvist.
Then came the crusher. Smith scored just eight seconds in the 3rd period, taking pass from Tom Pyatt from behind the Rangers’ net and scoring to make it 3-1.
The Blueshirts cut the deficit to 3-2 when Pavel Buchnevich got behind the Ottawa defense, took a pass from Chris Kreider, and scored his 11th goal of the season at 4:40. But New York could get no closer.
Lundqvist took the loss, but during the game became the 15th goalie in NHL history to record 20,000 saves.
The Rangers [now 16-12-3, 35 pts] host the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Kings Friday night at The Garden.