Ottawa 2, New York Rangers 0

Jason Spezza and Craig Anderson combined to give the Sens their first lead in the series.  It was an excellent debut for Mark Stone despite limited playing time.  The Rangers were largely held at bay, despite the large edge in shots (41 to 30).  Here’s the box score.

First Period
Anderson makes a great save off Kreider.  There was a weird play where the Sens thought the play was dead, but the puck was live and Anderson had to be alert to make the save.  Kuba made a great defensive play on McDonagh.   On the Rangers first powerplay Anderson made a great save on Del Zotto.  The Sens opened the scoring (for their first lead of the series) on a great pass by Stone to Spezza who beats Lundqvist five-hole.  Michalek had a great chance.  Condra came close on a shorthanded breakaway.
Second Period
Ottawa’s first powerplay was a frustrating exercise with the team unwilling to shoot.  Karlsson with a great shot.  Anderson made great saves on Richards and then Dubinsky off a bad rebound.  Greening in all alone can’t beat Lundqvist on the backhand.  Michalek couldn’t score on a breakaway.  Two more powerplays for the Sens and still they won’t shoot.
Third Period
Anderson made a great save on StepanNeil had a chance off a Turris rebound.  Ottawa’s final powerplay was a little better, but still couldn’t produce.  Spezza seals the deal with an empty-netter.

Here’s a look at the goals:
1. Spezza (Stone, Kuba)
Stone splits the D with his pass and Spezza’s quick shot beats Lundqvist 5-hole
2. Spezza (Konopka) (en)
Turnover in the neutral zone ends up in the back on the net

Top-performers:
Craig Anderson – he was perfect tonight
Jason Spezza – finally scored
Penalty-killing – was fantastic tonight

Players Who Struggled: no one stood out negatively tonight.

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