Game file: Ottawa Senators at New York Rangers

The Senators played the same type of patient, defensive game they did against Buffalo the night before and took advantage of their own opportunities.

Game file: Ottawa Senators at New York Rangers

WHY THE SENATORS WON

They played the same type of patient, defensive game they did against Buffalo the night before and took advantage of their own opportunities. It would have been tempting for the Senators to gamble all night long after getting shut out in their two previous games, hoping against hope that fancy, high-risk plays would result in a few goals on Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist. They didn’t, and the result was their first win in over a week.

STUD

Chris Kelly, Senators

Hands up if you thought the third-line grinder would be the one to bust Ottawa out of its franchise record goalless drought. No. 22 did it in style, completing his first career hat trick into an empty net with one second remaining in the game. Oh, and he was being tackled at the time. With his three goals Sunday, Kelly doubled his output this season.

DUD

Marian Gaborik, Rangers

Gaborik had some decent scoring chances, but just couldn’t seem to hit the net. He registered one shot and, to make matters worse, was on the ice for each and every Ottawa goal. There might be an argument that the officials should have called a penalty when Gaborik was shoved down from behind on a breakaway, but they were letting ‘em play Sunday. Tough outing.

GAME CHANGER

The Rangers will be kicking themselves over the opportunity they squandered early in the third period. They had two power play opportunities in the first six minutes against a team that had to be tired from playing the night before and produced absolutely nothing. The Senators’ penalty killers have taken a lot of heat lately, given they’d slid down to 24th in the league heading into this game, but they were extremely efficient.

KEY STATS

- 25: Saves for Ottawa netminder Pascal Leclaire.
- 23: Saves for Rangers stopper Henrik Lundqvist.
- 2: Hat tricks for Chris Kelly over the Rangers (the other was in the preseason and didn’t count).
- 0-4: New York’s power play.

YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

John Tortorella’s meltdown. It was hard to tell which team was waiting around at home and which had flown out following a game late the night before. The Senators were so dominant out of the gate at Madison Square Garden that the Rangers’ coach had to call a timeout less than five minutes in to slow things down. He verbally eviscerated his bench for 30 seconds or so, but it didn’t change much. The Senators outshot the Rangers 10-5 in the first period.

AGAIN?

If there was one area the Senators continue to struggle, it’s playing the puck at the opposing blue line during power plays. The Rangers scored their league-leading sixth shorthanded goal when Sergei Gonchar committed to a bad pinch and Brandon Prust eventually buried a top-corner shot behind Pascal Leclaire. Fortunately for the Senators, Kelly had already scored a shorty of his own earlier in the second period.

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