The New York Rangers were once again sent looking for answers after their 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators Thursday night at Scotiabank Place.
After their 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night, the New York Rangers looked to come out and play the kind of hockey that put them atop the Eastern Conference.
The Rangers got off to a fast start when Ryan Callahan scored off a pass from Brad Richards less than five minutes into the game. The Rangers held the lead for just over a minute when Zack Smith fired a slap shot from the right circle passed Marty Biron. Nick Foligno gave the Senators the lead late in the first period after putting home a rebound from a shot by John O’Brien.
The Rangers put the pressure on the Senators in the second period but could not find a way to get the puck passed Sens goalie Ben Bishop. Bishop, who made 25 saves, came up big when he had to and kept Ottawa in the lead. The Rangers held the Senators to just seven shots through two periods.
In the third period the Rangers once again had their chances to tie the game but could not score. The Senators extended their lead with fourteen minutes left in the third period when Biron could not handle a wrist shot from Daniel Alfredsson, and Kyle Turris buried the rebound. The Rangers were slow getting back on defense, and allowed Turris to skate the length of the ice and put the Senators up 3-1. Jason Spezza added an empty net goal with 1:27 left to seal the win for the Sens.
The Rangers were held to one goal for the second straight game, both 4-1 losses, and have surrendered 11 goals in their last three.
The Rangers, whose division lead has shrunk to six points, will travel to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks Friday night. The Blackhawks beat the Rangers 4-2 on Feb. 16 in New York. The Senators will be home home against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.