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44-26-12

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game recap

Rangers 5, Senators 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Rangers 5, Senators 1
Ottawa Senators 1, New York Rangers 5

NEW YORK (AP) - Rookie goalie Henrik Lundqvist and the surprising New York Rangers keep earning respect all over the NHL.

Lundqvist made 24 saves to easily outplay Dominik Hasek, and Jaromir Jagr had a goal and two assists in New York's 5-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.

"They scored two lucky goals, but overall I think they were a lot better team," Hasek said. "The huge difference is the goaltender. Lundqvist is probably the hottest goalie in the NHL right now."

Jagr's 36th goal gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the second period and moved him into a tie with Mike Bossy for 16th place on the NHL's career list with 573. With his three points, Jagr passed Luc Robitaille and Brett Hull for 18th place with 1,392.

Marek Malik and Jason Ward also scored in the middle frame as New York, the top team in the Atlantic Division, snapped a four-game losing streak to Northeast Division-leading Ottawa. Michael Nylander and Petr Sykora added goals in the third period for the Rangers, who delivered one of their best performances in an unexpectedly successful season. They have won four straight and five of six.

"I hope we're developing a reputation as a team that's tough to beat, whether at home or on the road," New York coach Tom Renney said. "I hope that we're being identified as a team that plays a responsible game without the puck, that we are solid from the goaltender out."

Chris Kelly scored with 2:04 left in the second period to bring Ottawa to 3-1.

But Lundqvist won the matchup of Olympic goalies, topping the Czech Republic's Hasek, who entered in a tie for the NHL's best goals-against average. Lundqvist of Sweden came in with the third-lowest GAA. He improved to 24-7-6.

"He made some huge saves at key times," Ottawa's Bryan Smolinski said. "We couldn't finish and we couldn't raise our level. We knew they were going to play well. We did the same thing to them in Ottawa."

Hasek (27-9-4) stopped 18 shots.

After a scoreless first period, New York had three goals on its first four second-period shots. Jagr started things during the Rangers' 5-on-3 power play just 49 seconds in. The NHL's scoring leader, with 83 points, one-timed a pass from Martin Rucinsky in the slot and beat Hasek high to the glove side.

New York made it 2-0 at 6:19 on an unassisted goal by Malik, who intercepted a clearing pass at the right point. Malik scored his second goal of the season when his shot deflected off the skate of an Ottawa player.

The lead grew to three goals on Ward's short-handed goal at 14:06. Ville Nieminen led a 3-on-none break up the right wing boards and sent a backhanded drop pass from the right circle to Ward in the slot. Ward's wrist shot beat Hasek to the stick side for his ninth goal.

"I got a nice pass from Nieminen on the penalty kill," Ward said. "Our special teams were working tonight, and that was a big key."

Nylander made it 4-1 with his 14th goal at 7:56 of the third period. He finished a textbook, tic-tac-toe play that started with Jagr's cross-ice pass to Martin Straka, who slid the puck across the goal mouth for Nylander to redirect in.

"It just comes down to positioning and really hard work, and I think the guys did that for most of the game tonight," Rangers center Steve Rucchin said. "They did a good job killing the penalty tonight, which can be a tough situation to deal with."

Jagr also assisted on Sykora's 13th goal with 6:09 left. Sykora banked a shot in off an Ottawa player from behind the Senators' net.

"They worked hard, they pressured us every time we got the puck," Senators coach Bryan Murray said. "We were real slow moving the puck out of our end."

Notes: Rucinsky and Sykora were shaken up when they collided early in the game. Both returned before the end of the first period. ... The Rangers hadn't beaten Ottawa since Nov. 23, 2003. ... Actor Liam Neeson and Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows were in attendance. ... The Rangers held a pregame tribute to Dennis "Chief" Ryan, the team's longtime security representative who died on Monday.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
00:49
NYR
PPG - Jaromir Jagr (36) ASST: Martin Rucinsky (29), Steve Rucchin (13)
1 - 0 NYR
06:19
NYR
Marek Malik (2) ASST: NONE
2 - 0 NYR
14:06
NYR
SHG - Jason Ward (9) ASST: Ville Nieminen (12), Fedor Tyutin (15)
3 - 0 NYR
17:56
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Chris Kelly (5) ASST: Bryan Smolinski (23), Vaclav Varada (12)
3 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
07:56
NYR
Michael Nylander (14) ASST: Martin Straka (46), Jaromir Jagr (46)
4 - 1 NYR
13:51
NYR
Petr Sykora (13) ASST: Martin Straka (47), Jaromir Jagr (47)
5 - 1 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
05:27
NYR
Michal Rozsival  Hooking against  Patrick Eaves
08:05
NYR
Darius Kasparaitis  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
14:24
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Tom Poti  Hi-sticking against  Peter Schaefer
19:24
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Daniel Alfredsson  Interference against  Jaromir Jagr
19:47
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Zdeno Chara  Hooking against  Michael Nylander
2nd Period
03:47
NYR
Fedor Tyutin  Holding against  Patrick Eaves
07:05
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Antoine Vermette  Hi-sticking against  Darius Kasparaitis
12:25
NYR
Petr Sykora  Hooking against  Chris Phillips
14:32
NYR
Steve Rucchin  Holding the stick
15:49
NYR
Jason Strudwick  Holding
3rd Period
01:04
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Hooking against  Martin Rucinsky
04:49
NYR
Ville Nieminen  Tripping against  Anton Volchenkov
06:33
NYR
Jason Strudwick  Slashing against  Dany Heatley
06:33
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Dany Heatley  Cross checking against  Jason Strudwick
08:53
NYR
Dominic Moore  Roughing against  Wade Redden
08:53
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Wade Redden  Roughing against  Dominic Moore
08:53
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Wade Redden  Roughing against  Dominic Moore
15:50
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Chris Kelly  Hooking against  Petr Sykora
goalie stats
Dominik Hasek
SA: 23TOI: 59:56
Saves: 18EV: 14 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .783SH: 0 - 1
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 25TOI: 59:55
Saves: 24EV: 11 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 11
SV%: .960SH: 2 - 2