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Rangers 4, Senators 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Rangers 4, Senators 1
New York Rangers 4, Ottawa Senators 1

OTTAWA  - Derek Stepan had a goal and an assist, Mats Zuccarello and Artem Anisimov scored 12 seconds apart in the second period and the New York Rangers ended a three-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.

Vinny Prospal also scored to help New York move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference, a point ahead of Carolina. The Hurricanes played at Chicago on Friday night.

The Rangers entered the game on a 4-10-1 skid that dropped them to eighth in the East. On Thursday night, they dropped their third straight at home, falling to Minnesota.

Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in his 11th consecutive start. Lundqvist, who leads the NHL with eight shutouts, lost his bid for another 4:56 into the third on Sergei Gonchar's power-play goal.

Craig Anderson stopped 23 shots for Ottawa. He has made seven consecutive starts, going 4-3 since the Senators acquired him in a Feb. 18 swap of struggling goalies that sent Brian Elliott to Colorado.

Anderson entered with a 1.16 goals-against-average and a .966 save percentage in his first six starts with Ottawa, allowing one goal or fewer five times.

The Rangers were immune to the hot goalie's spell, though, building a 4-0 lead before Gonchar finally got one past Lundqvist.

Prospal got New York underway midway through the first when he picked up the puck in the right corner while Sean Avery battled with Senators defenceman Chris Phillips behind the net. The former Senators forward curled around to the right faceoff circle where he snapped a low shot past Anderson 10:08 into the first.

A pair of quick goals in the second put a sudden dent in Anderson's stellar statistics and increased the Rangers' lead to 3-0.

Zuccarello drove the net after making a pass to Stepan from the left corner, putting himself in position to put away a rebound for his fourth goal 6:26 into the middle period.

New York's second goal was still being announced when Anisimov made it 3-0 at 6:38. Sprung by a pass from Ryan Callahan at the blue line, Anisimov drove in alone and deked to put a shot past Anderson for his 15th goal.

Lundqvist made a lunging save to deny Senators left wing Nick Foligno moments later.

Ottawa's Chris Neil caused a scrum when he crashed the net after Lundqvist made a save early in the third. Neil and Rangers centre Brian Boyle were given roughing minors.

Stepan got his second point of the game with his 18th goal on the ensuing 4-on-4 when he drove in on Anderson and roofed a shot to make it 4-0.

Gonchar got his seventh goal after Matt Gilroy was penalized for high-sticking.

NOTES: Rangers RW Marian Gaborik (concussion) missed his fifth straight game, though he accompanied the team to Ottawa and skated with backup G Chad Johnson earlier in the day ... New York D Steve Eminger, who assisted on Stepan's goal, played his 400th regular-season game ... The Senators begin a four-game road trip Tuesday in Newark, N.J., against the Devils (7 p.m., Sportsnet East, Team 1200).

scoring summary
1st Period
10:08
NYR
Vinny Prospal (4) ASST: Sean Avery (21)
1 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
06:26
NYR
Mats Zuccarello (4) ASST: Derek Stepan (20), Wojtek Wolski (19)
2 - 0 NYR
06:38
NYR
Artem Anisimov (15) ASST: Ryan Callahan (18), Dan Girardi (23)
3 - 0 NYR
3rd Period
02:25
NYR
Derek Stepan (18) ASST: Wojtek Wolski (20), Steve Eminger (4)
4 - 0 NYR
04:56
OTT
PPG - Sergei Gonchar (7) ASST: Jason Spezza (21), Erik Karlsson (26)
4 - 1 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
07:17
NYR
Ryan Callahan  Holding against  Erik Karlsson
11:45
OTT
Marek Svatos  Tripping against  Mats Zuccarello
16:13
NYR
Mats Zuccarello  Boarding against  Colin Greening
2nd Period
08:49
OTT
Erik Karlsson  Tripping against  Brandon Prust
3rd Period
01:28
NYR
Brian Boyle  Roughing against  Chris Neil
01:28
OTT
Chris Neil  Roughing against  Brian Boyle
04:06
NYR
Matt Gilroy  Hi-sticking against  Chris Neil
15:51
OTT
Nick Foligno  Tripping against  Michael Sauer
18:52
OTT
Erik Karlsson  Tripping against  Brandon Dubinsky
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
26-23-4
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .966SH: 1 - 1
Craig Anderson
SA: 27TOI: 59:55
Saves: 23EV: 21 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .852SH: 0 - 0