|OTT||0||1||1||(0 - 0)||2|
|NYR||0||3||2||(0 - 0)||5|
NEW YORK - Brandon Dubinsky scored twice and Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves Saturday to help the Rangers win their home opener, 5-2 over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
Marian Gaborik scored for a second straight game, a goal that padded the Rangers lead to 4-1 after his linemates had already done the heavy lifting.
The Rangers rebounded from a 3-2 loss in Pittsburgh on Friday night in their opener with the rare home win over the Senators, who were 16-4-1 in their previous 21 visits to Madison Square Garden.
Prospal, Dubinsky and Michael Del Zotto staked the Rangers to a 3-1 lead in the second period.
Prospal got the first tally at 3:20, rifling a shot under the crossbar. Dubinsky, on a feed from Gaborik, beat Leclaire to the glove side at 10:00, giving New York a 2-0 advantage.
Alfredsson, all alone in the slot as the trailer on an Ottawa rush, converted a centering feed from Jason Spezza at 15:36 to cut the Rangers lead to 2-1.
New York went back up by two when Del Zotto, a 19-year-old rookie defenseman, got his first NHL goal on a point shot as Ryan Callahan provided an effective screen with 51 seconds remaining.
In the third, Gaborik cleaned up the rebound on Dubinsky's breakaway at 12:04. Dubinsky got his second, a short-hander into an empty net, at 18:52.
Regin closed out the scoring with six seconds remaining.
The Rangers could not dent Leclaire in a scoreless first period despite a 3-0 advantage in power plays. Prospal came closest to connecting, denied by a Leclaire pad save. At the other end, Lundqvist make a sharp glove stop on Matt Carkner in the closing minutes.
"We hurt ourselves by taking a lot of penalties," Spezza said. "They brought a better structure to their home opener. We were kind of scrambly."
NOTES: Rangers LW Sean Avery remains sidelined by a sprained MCL in his right knee ... Ottawa C Mike Fisher missed a day of practice this week but was in the lineup ... It marked the first time the Senators played the Rangers in a season opener ... The Blue Man Group from Broadway provided pregame entertainment. ... The Rangers are unbeaten in their last five home openers ... Del Zotto is the first teenager to score for the Rangers since Manny Malhotra in 1998. ... Prospal's goal was his 600th point ... The Senators return home to Ottawa to begin preparations for their Tuesday visit to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs (7 p.m., TSN, Team 1200).
|Vinny Prospal (1) ASST: Marc Staal (2), Dan Girardi (1)|
1 - 0 NYR
|Brandon Dubinsky (1) ASST: Marian Gaborik (1)|
2 - 0 NYR
|Daniel Alfredsson (1) ASST: Jason Spezza (1)|
2 - 1 NYR
|Michael Del Zotto (1) ASST: Chris Drury (1), Chris Higgins (2)|
3 - 1 NYR
|Marian Gaborik (2) ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (2), Enver Lisin (1)|
4 - 1 NYR
|SHG - EN - Brandon Dubinsky (2) ASST: Michal Rozsival (1)|
5 - 1 NYR
|Peter Regin (1) ASST: Mike Fisher (1), Erik Karlsson (1)|
5 - 2 NYR
|Alex Kovalev Hooking against Ryan Callahan|
|Peter Regin Interference on goalkeeper against Henrik Lundqvist|
|Chris Neil Too many men/ice - bench|
|Artem Anisimov Holding against Jonathan Cheechoo|
|Chris Kelly Holding against Ryan Callahan|
|Marc Staal Hi-sticking against Jason Spezza|
|Jarkko Ruutu Interference against Aaron Voros|
|Chris Higgins Tripping against Alex Kovalev|
|Donald Brashear Fighting (maj) against Matt Carkner|
|Matt Carkner Fighting (maj) against Donald Brashear|
|Brian Boyle Hooking against Ryan Shannon|
|Aaron Voros Fighting (maj) against Mike Fisher|
|Mike Fisher Fighting (maj) against Aaron Voros|
|SA: 33||TOI: 58:36|
|Saves: 29||EV: 15 - 19|
|PIM: 0||PP: 14 - 14|
|SV%: .879||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 34||TOI: 59:46|
|Saves: 32||EV: 25 - 27|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 6|
|SV%: .941||SH: 1 - 1|