Brian Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers celebrates assisting on a second period goal by Brandon Prust (not pictured)with Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers during the second period against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden on December 5 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Rangers Earn Gut Check 5-3 Win In Ottawa

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Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) – Mike Sauer’s first career goal, a power-play tally late in the third period, was the game-winner as the New York Rangers defeated the Ottawa Senators, 5-3, at Scotiabank Place.

Derek Stepan, Ruslan Fedotenko and Erik Christensen also scored for the Rangers, who have won three of their last four games. Henrik Lundqvist finished with 24 saves and Brandon Dubinsky added an empty-net goal in the winning effort.

Mike Fisher scored twice and Jason Spezza tallied his seventh goal for Ottawa, which fell to 1-4-1 in its last six games.

Ottawa goaltender Brian Elliott allowed four goals on 27 shots.

With the score tied, 3-3, in the third period, Sauer put the visitors on top for good. Chris Neil was in the box for charging, and Brandon Prust held control at the bottom of the left circle. Prust sent a pass through the slot for Sauer, who wound up and fired a slap shot into the back of the cage from the right side with 5:19 to play.

Dubinsky’s empty-netter inside the final minute sealed the win.

After Fisher opened the scoring for Ottawa with a power-play goal 2:54 into the game, New York tied it up less than two minutes later, when a give-and-go between Marian Gaborik and Stepan beat Elliott. From the top of the left circle, Gaborik passed to Stepan in the low slot, and Stepan deked, waited out the Ottawa netminder and punched home his seventh goal from in close at 4:40.

The Senators’ second power-play marker gave them a 2-1 edge 34 seconds into the second stanza. Erik Karlsson, from the right side, passed across the slot for a successful snap shot one-timer by Spezza from inside the left circle.

Gaborik’s nifty pass from the rear boards shortly after helped to again tie it up. Gaborik found Fedotenko in the lower left circle, and his shot from a sharp angle beat Elliott at 1:43.

Ottawa moved ahead 3-2 at the 8:47 mark of the second, courtesy of Fisher’s ninth goal. A long lead pass by Nick Foligno sent Fisher in on a partial breakaway, and he found the back of the net with a wrist shot while falling down near the top of the crease.

Christensen somehow found room between the near post and Elliott’s pad when his wrist shot from a very sharp angle — he was along the goal line at the base of the left half-wall — slid behind Elliott at 3:30 of the third.

Dubinsky scored his 13th goal…This marked the fourth straight win for New York at Ottawa…The Sens fell to 7-8-1 at home this season…The Rangers were 1-for-4 on the power play, while Ottawa ended 2-for-4 with the extra skater.


New York Rangers At Ottawa Senators: Rangers Looking For Some Revenge

The New York Rangers finish off their second consecutive home-and-home series tonight when they visit the Ottawa Senators. The Rangers swept the Islanders in their first series, and lost their first game against the Senators earlier in the week. 

John Tortorella was "irked" by the loss against the Senators earlier in the week, upset at the way the Rangers simply sleepwalked through the first period. He was also upset with their lack of defensive effort, something that led to Ottawa's game-winning goal late in the third period. 

The Rangers will be looking for more significant contributions from Marian Gaborik, Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan as they try to get their offense (three goals their last two games--one of which was an empty netter) back on track. 

Expect Henrik Lundqvist to get the start again tonight, with the superstar having significant rest time due to the break in the schedule. Although you can also bank a game for Martin Biron in the next game or two as well. 

The Rangers will be looking for their third win in four games, and trying to add to a point total that sees them placed third in the Atlantic Division. 

Atlantic Standings

Pittsburgh 30 20 8 2 42
Philadelphia 29 17 7 5 39
New York Rangers 29 16 12 1 33
New Jersey 27 8 17 2 18
New York Islanders 25 5 15 5 15

(updated 12.9.2010 at 9:32 AM EST)

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