Ottawa 4, New York Rangers 1

Without Lundqvist to face, the Sens had an easier task defeating the Rangers tonight.  They gave up the first goal, but were up 2-1 through the first and solid goaltending from Bishop kept them in it when they struggled in the second.  Both Smith and Foligno were able to break lengthy scoring droughts (the latter had scored an empty-netter recently, but not beaten a goalie in a long time).  Here’s the box score.

First Period
After a slow start the Rangers broke the ice as Callahan banged in a great cross-ice pass, O’Brien unable to control his stick (O’Brien would make up for that play by preventing Gaborik from going in all alone).  The Sens tied the game after Condra created a turnover and Smith beat Biron far side.  Ottawa followed an ineffective powerplay by giving up a breakaway to John Scott (of all people).  Foligno gave the Sens the lead late in the period.
Second Period
The Rangers dominated the second period, with Bishop keeping them in the game.  The Sens struggled with the cycle and had difficulty establishing themselves in the offensive zone.
Third Period
The Sens were much better in the third period, although the Rangers continued to have a physical edge.  Turris gave them a two-goal lead as he cashed in on an Alfredsson rebound.  The Sens hung on late, adding an empty-netter.

A look at the goals:
1. New York Rangers, Callahan
O’Brien can’t control his stick and Callahan bangs in a great cross-ice feed
2. Smith (Condra)
Condra creates a turnover at the blueline and Smith blows it by Biron from the top of the circle
3. Foligno (O’Brien)
O’Brien keeps the puck in at the blueline and his soft wrist shot is deflected by Foligno who bangs in his own rebound
4. Turris (Alfredsson, Klinkhammer)
Alfredsson’s shot is baubled by Biron and banged home by Turris
5. Spezza (Michalek, Kuba) (en)

Zack Smith – scored, was good defensively, and was physical
Jared Cowen – excellent defensively and was able to handle the heavy Ranger cycle
Ben Bishop – kept the team in the game during the second period

Players Who Struggled: no one stood out as especially bad tonight, although Erik Karlsson lead the team in turnovers.

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