Rangers Get Sweet Revenge with 5-3 victory over Ottawa
New York, NY - The New York Rangers (17-12-1) were able to get some sweet revenge in their 5-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators (12-16-2) in Thursday night hockey action.
The last time these two squads faced-off on Sunday, December 5, the Senators swaggered into and out of Madison Square Garden with a 3-1 victory. New York was able to turn the tables though on Thursday night.
It had seemed as if Ottawa may walk away with another victory netting the first goal of the game at the 2:54 mark of the first period as Mike Fisher netted a power play wrist shot to give the Senators the 1-0 lead. The Rangers responded on a wicked wrist shot by Derek Stepan at the 4:40 mark which tied the two squads at 1-1.
As the Senators skated onto the ice to start the second period of play they were able to find an answer to that tie at the :34 second marker as Jason Spezza netted a power play wrist shot, which gave the Senators the 2-1 lead. The Rangers were able to find a response though from the hard working Ruslan Fedotenko who netted a snap shot at the 1:43 mark, which made it 2-2. Ottawa would net their third goal of the game when Mike Fisher recorded a wrist shot at the 8:47 mark giving the Senators the 3-2 lead.
The third period would belong to the Rangers as they would exact revenge and eventually earn the victory. Beginning with a wicked slap shot by Erik Christensen at the 3:30 mark which tied the two teams for the third time in the game. The Rangers would take the 4-3 lead on a power play goal by Michael Sauer, who netted a slap shot for his first goal in the National Hockey League. Brandon Dubinsky then netted an empty net wrist shot at the 19:08 mark, that eventually gave the Rangers the 5-3 victory.
In the cage for the sweet victory keeper Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves, while on the other end of the ice keeper Brian Elliott made 23 saves in the loss for Ottawa.
New York will continue this road trip as they head to Columbus for a 7:00 p.m. face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.