WHY THE SENATORS WON
They played another boring, effective road game. The Senators lulled the Rangers (and their fans) to sleep in the first period, allowing just five shots on goal. Blowing a 1-0 lead in the second period didn’t rattle them either, as they just cruised along until another chance to win happened along. It finally did, taking the form of a five-round shootout that Erik Karlsson ended with a well-placed shot just inside the post.
Craig Anderson, Senators
If he wasn’t feeling even the slightest bit of pressure after signing a four-year, $12.75 million contract with the Senators this week, then he truly does have nerves of steel. Anderson was in fine form at Madison Square Garden, stopping 29 shots for the win.
Marian Gaborik, Rangers
This is pretty arbitrary — there really weren’t any glaring mistakes from the Rangers in this one — but since we have to pick someone, we’ll give Gaborik the nod for his minus-one rating, earned when he couldn’t pick up Ryan Shannon on Ottawa’s lone goal in regulation. He failed to score against the Senators this season.
The Rangers might have had a chance to win the game in the shootout, but it seemed like none of their players could hit the net. Worse, the penultimate shot was a write-off because New York winger Ryan Callahan’s stick broke in his hands as he tried to fire on Anderson. Tough way to lose.
- 2-2: How the season series ends.
- 5: Consecutive games with a point for Nick Foligno.
- 6: Wins in nine games for the Senators.
- 22-3-1: Ottawa’s record when leading after two.
YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
The Rangers almost had a Pascal Leclaire moment at the morning skate Thursday. Defenceman Marc Staal hit star goalie Lundqvist in the face with a shot, which angered the goalie enough to shout something and fire the puck back. Staal told the New York Post: “He’s okay. He’s just a little sensitive at times.” Not as physically sensitive as Leclaire, however, who suffered a concussion last season after then-Senator Mike Fisher hit him in the mask with a shot during a morning skate in the same building.
The Ottawa Senators traveled to New York City and a family reunion broke out. Not only did Patrick Wiercioch’s parents (Andrew and Ewa) finally make it to the east coast to see their son’s second NHL game, Marcel and Jeannette Wick trekked all the way from Switzerland to see their boy, Roman, suit up for the big club. Shannon had ‘em all beat, however. The Darien, Connecticut, native had about 15 family members and friends in the stands at MSG.