The Rangers lost a frustrating game to the Ottawa Senators tonight, 3-2 in overtime. It was frustrating because the Rangers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead (on two power play goals no less), and then allowed Ottawa to control the play and eventually claw their way back before Kyle Turris ended the game 2:42 into the extra frame.
- The Rangers jumped out to an early lead, just :49 seconds into the game. Brad Richards won an offensive zone face-off and was able to gain position in the slot. Marian Gaborik worked the puck off the wall and hit Richards for a nice chance. Craig Anderson seemed to get handcuffed by the shot and sent a juicy rebound to the weak side. Anton Stralman jumped up and snapped a shot past Anderson from the slot. This goal served as a reminder of being able to establish possession in the offensive zone off the draw when your team has the man-advantage.
- The Rangers struck again on the power play just 6 minutes later. Dan Girardi was able to keep an Ottawa clearing attempt in the zone and made a nifty little behind the back pass to Brad Richards which opened up the ice on the far side. Richards put a hard, low shot on Anderson, which created a rebound and ensuing scramble in front. Marian Gaborik had a couple of whacks at the rebound, which eventually found its way onto Ryan Callahan’s stick for an easy tap in. Good net front presence by the Captain, and solid work by Gaborik staying diligent on the scramble in front. Read more »