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Rangers 5, Senators 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Rangers 5, Senators 2
New York Rangers 5, Ottawa Senators 2

OTTAWA - Brendan Shanahan made sure the New York Rangers took advantage of the struggling Ottawa Senators.

Shanahan scored two goals and the New York Rangers beat the Ottawa Senators 5-2 on Saturday afternoon at Scotiabank Place, handing the Eastern Conference champions their sixth straight loss.

With the win, the Rangers moved within two points of Ottawa for the conference lead.

"We came in here definitely catching a team down," said Shanahan. "And when a team is down, you want to jump on them and you don't want to give them a chance to build confidence and build good things."

Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves for his league-leading 14th win. Jaromir Jagr, Dan Girardi and Blair Betts also scored for New York, which took a 4-0 lead before Joe Corvo and Dany Heatley scored for Ottawa.

Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson each had two assists for the Senators.

Martin Gerber, who shut out the Rangers 2-0 on Oct. 6, made his 19th start of the season but was replaced by Ray Emery after allowing three goals on 12 first-period shots.

"I thought towards the end of the second and into the third, we showed a little more energy in their zone," Senators coach John Paddock said. "We're a good hockey team that's a lot better than we're playing right now. But we're not winning lots of battles in the corners, either offensively or defensively."

Girardi scored 3:37 into the game and Shanahan followed four minutes later. Jagr scored four minutes after that to put Ottawa in a 3-0 hole.

"Ottawa's having a bit of a tough stretch right now, as everybody does, and we respect that as much as anybody because we've been through that," Rangers coach Tom Renney said. "The gap's been closed by a combination of the fact that we've played better and they've been having a bit of a tough go."

Notes: Betts' goal was into an empty net. ... Lundqvist has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 17-of -24 games this season. ... Spezza has at least one assist in his past seven games. ... Shanahan leads active players with 636 goals ... The Senators play their next five games on the road, starting Tuesday in Tampa, Fla., against the Lightning (7:30 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet, Team 1200).

scoring summary
1st Period
03:37
NYR
Dan Girardi (3) ASST: Marcel Hossa (4)
1 - 0 NYR
07:23
NYR
Brendan Shanahan (8) ASST: Scott Gomez (14), Marcel Hossa (5)
2 - 0 NYR
11:40
NYR
PPG - Jaromir Jagr (7) ASST: Michal Rozsival (8)
3 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
09:33
NYR
PPG - Brendan Shanahan (9) ASST: Martin Straka (4)
4 - 0 NYR
14:28
OTT
Joe Corvo (4) ASST: Jason Spezza (21), Daniel Alfredsson (16)
4 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
14:02
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Dany Heatley (14) ASST: Jason Spezza (22), Daniel Alfredsson (17)
4 - 2 NYR
19:18
NYR
EN - Blair Betts (1) ASST: NONE
5 - 2 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
10:21
OTT
Jason Spezza  Hooking against  Martin Straka
14:14
OTT
Brian McGrattan  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Colton Orr
17:17
NYR
Martin Straka  Holding against  Christoph Schubert
2nd Period
00:33
NYR
Fedor Tyutin  Roughing against  Mike Fisher
01:48
OTT
Jason Spezza  Tripping against  Marc Staal
08:46
OTT
Antoine Vermette  Hooking against  Brandon Dubinsky
15:20
OTT
Mike Fisher  Tripping against  Michal Rozsival
3rd Period
07:16
OTT
Joe Corvo  Holding against  Petr Prucha
15:09
NYR
Petr Prucha  Hi-sticking against  Wade Redden
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 33TOI: 59:31
Saves: 31EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .939SH: 3 - 3
Ray Emery
SA: 12TOI: 39:47
Saves: 11EV: 10 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
Martin Gerber
SA: 12TOI: 20:00
Saves: 9EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .750SH: 0 - 0