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Callahan scores twice in return from Olympics as Rangers defeat Senators 4-1

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OTTAWA - Ryan Callahan scored twice and teammate Sean Avery had a goal and an assist as the New York Rangers defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-1 Tuesday night at Scotiabank Place.

The game was the first for both clubs in more than two weeks following the Olympic break, and the rust showed on both clubs.

Brandon Dubinsky had the other goal for the Rangers (29-27-7), who got a 24-save performance from Henrik Lundqvist.

Milan Michalek had the lone goal for the Senators (36-24-4), who have now lost two of their last three after winning 12 of their previous 13. Brain Elliott started in goal for the Senators but was replaced late in the second period by Pascal Leclaire after the Rangers' fourth goal.

The Senators led 1-0 after the first period on Michalek's goal following a terrific pass from Jason Spezza, but the second period was all New York.

To start off, Callahan scored just 22 seconds into the period to tie the game 1-1. His hard shot beat Elliott and then got stuck between the top frame of the goal and the netting.

Then the Rangers shocked the Senators and the 18,254 in attendance late in the period by scoring three goals in two minutes and two seconds to take a 4-1 lead and chase Elliott from the net after just 16 shots.

Dubinsky gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead at 15:44 as he fired a shot from inside the right faceoff circle that beat Elliott.

Just over a minute later, Avery crashed the net and redirected a pass from Enver Lisin for a 3-1 lead and Callahan scored his second of the game 50 seconds after that with a backhand shot off a rebound that seemed to get Elliott all twisted up.

Leclaire took over in the Ottawa goal but didn't face a shot until the third period.

Notes: The Senators acquired defenceman Andy Sutton from the New York Islanders Tuesday for a second-round pick in 2010...Senators defenceman Chris Campoli missed his third game with a knee injury while forward Nick Foligno missed his eighth game with a broken leg. Defenceman Erik Karlsson returned after missing five games with a shoulder injury...Rangers defenceman Michael Del Zotto and forward Marian Gaborik each missed their second game due to injury...Rangers goalie led all goaltenders at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver in goals against average (1.34) and shutouts (two) for Sweden.

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