|NYR||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|OTT||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
They're most recent winning streak is over, but the Ottawa Senators don't think their success is a thing of the past.
The Senators look to bounce back from their first defeat in five games Saturday when they host the New York Rangers.
Ottawa (15-13-1) lost 6-2 at Washington on Wednesday for their first defeat since Nov. 26. The Senators outscored their opponents 19-5 during their winning streak.
"We'll just have to regroup and start another streak," said left wing Peter Schaefer, who had an assist against the Capitals.
The Senators have won eight of their last 10 after starting the season 7-11-1, outscoring opponents 40-24 over that span. Ottawa was outscored 36-30 in its previous 10, going 2-7-1 during that stretch.
Jason Spezza and Mike Fisher scored Wednesday for Ottawa, which has scored at least four goals in all but two of its victories this season. The Senators have scored three or fewer goals in all but one of their losses.
Captain Daniel Alfredsson did not play Wednesday after injuring his leg in Tuesday's 4-2 win against the New York Islanders.
Ottawa has won four in a row at home and six of eight there after beginning the season with four straight losses at Scotiabank Place. The Senators have won six consecutive home matchups with the Rangers (14-10-4) since a 5-2 loss on March 21, 2002.
Overall, Ottawa has won 10 of its last 12 matchups against New York.
The Rangers beat Pittsburgh 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday, ending a four-game losing streak. Henrik Lundqvist, who was removed from Sunday's 7-4 loss to the New York Islanders after allowing four first-period goals, improved to 22-for-22 against shootout shots this season.
"Of course I was very disappointed after the last game," he said. "I really wanted to come out there and play a good game and try to help the team get a win."
Brendan Shanahan, tied for the league lead with 21 goals, scored the game-tying goal Thursday and Martin Straka had an assist to extend his point streak to a career high-tying eight games. Jaromir Jagr, tie for the NHL lead with 41 points, also had an assist and has 12 points in his last eight games.
Darius Kasparaitis, who has struggled to crack the Rangers lineup following offseason surgeries, played his seventh NHL game this season and first since Oct. 30, but did not register a point in just under 16 minutes on the ice.
"I'm just happy to win the game," Kasparaitis said. "A win is a win. We believed until the last minute that we could beat this team. Henrik played a great game. We'll take the two points. No matter how you win, it's going to help us."
The Rangers lost twice in overtime and once in a shootout during their losing streak, and have gone to overtime in five of their last six games.
|Mar 13 '07||OTT 3 at NYR 2|
|Jan 11 '07||OTT 6 at NYR 4|
|Dec 29 '06||NYR 0 at OTT 1|
|Dec 09 '06||NYR 3 at OTT 1|