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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
Ottawa Senators 2, New York Rangers 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.

Daniel Alfredsson and Peter Regin scored in the Senators' season opener. Pascal Leclaire, making his first start since undergoing ankle surgery last February, made 29 saves in his Ottawa debut.

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).

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
03:20
NYR
Vinny Prospal (1) ASST: Marc Staal (2), Dan Girardi (1)
1 - 0 NYR
10:00
NYR
Brandon Dubinsky (1) ASST: Marian Gaborik (1)
2 - 0 NYR
15:36
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (1) ASST: Jason Spezza (1)
2 - 1 NYR
19:09
NYR
Michael Del Zotto (1) ASST: Chris Drury (1), Chris Higgins (2)
3 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
12:04
NYR
Marian Gaborik (2) ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (2), Enver Lisin (1)
4 - 1 NYR
18:52
NYR
SHG - EN - Brandon Dubinsky (2) ASST: Michal Rozsival (1)
5 - 1 NYR
19:54
OTT
Peter Regin (1) ASST: Mike Fisher (1), Erik Karlsson (1)
5 - 2 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
10:44
OTT
Alex Kovalev  Hooking against  Ryan Callahan
13:00
OTT
Peter Regin  Interference on goalkeeper against  Henrik Lundqvist
16:09
OTT
Chris Neil  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
04:52
NYR
Artem Anisimov  Holding against  Jonathan Cheechoo
10:54
OTT
Chris Kelly  Holding against  Ryan Callahan
3rd Period
00:24
NYR
Marc Staal  Hi-sticking against  Jason Spezza
05:41
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Interference against  Aaron Voros
07:17
NYR
Chris Higgins  Tripping against  Alex Kovalev
17:36
NYR
Donald Brashear  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Carkner
17:36
OTT
Matt Carkner  Fighting (maj) against  Donald Brashear
17:36
NYR
Brian Boyle  Hooking against  Ryan Shannon
20:00
NYR
Aaron Voros  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Fisher
20:00
OTT
Mike Fisher  Fighting (maj) against  Aaron Voros
goalie stats
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 33TOI: 58:36
Saves: 29EV: 15 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 14 - 14
SV%: .879SH: 0 - 0
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
1-1-0
SA: 34TOI: 59:46
Saves: 32EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .941SH: 1 - 1