OTTAWA - It looks like the Ottawa Senators could have a goaltending controversy once Ray Emery recovers from off-season wrist surgery.
Martin Gerber made 33 saves as Ottawa defeated the New York Rangers 2-0 on Saturday and has started all three games for the Senators this season allowing just five goals in three victories.
Saturday was Gerber's first shutout of the season and his second in a Senators uniform.
He was especially good in the third period, protecting the lead as the Rangers outshot the Senators 13-5 and 35-33 overall.
Andrej Meszaros and Daniel Alfredsson scored first-period goals for Ottawa (3-0-0), which was enough for Gerber.
"It's been fun. I'm trying to enjoying it as much as I can, but I'm just trying to focus on tomorrow," Gerber said.
"It was a really big performance from us. After we scored those goals we had a little better control of the game, and we were able to slow them down a little bit."
Emery only played two periods during the pre-season and hasn't dressed for any regular season games yet. When he comes back though, the Senators will essentially have two No. 1 netminders.
"It feels great," Alfredsson said of the Senators recent wealth of goaltending. "Everybody says that you can't have two No. 1 goalies; that it takes up too much cap room, but it's a good comfort to have. "We know what both of them can do and it's nice to see Marty playing this well when we need him to."
Henrik Lundqvist started for the Rangers (1-1-0) and wasn't to blame on either goal by the Senators.
Meszaros opened the scoring just shy of five minutes into the game on a great play by Mike Fisher. With the Senators short-handed, Fisher drove into the Rangers end and knocked over defenceman Michal Rozsival, recovered the puck in the corner and sent it out front to Meszaros, who beat Lundqvist.
Less than a minute later, two Rangers giveaways had the puck bounce directly to Alfredsson at the side of the net and he beat Lundqvist with a low shot.
"They mishandled the puck and I was able to get to it, so it's nice to take advantage of those chances when you can," said Alfredsson.
"Obviously a two-goal lead is a lot better than one, and we used that to our advantage and played real solid defensively."
Rangers forward Sean Avery left the game with a shoulder injury early in the first period after taking a hard hit from Senators forward Chris Neil. Avery didn't return to the game and Neil was assessed a minor penalty for elbowing.
The Senators finished the game 0-for-4 on the power play while the Rangers were scoreless during five man advantages.
"I thought we really had a good team effort," said Senators defenceman Chris Phillips.
"You look at stats and shutouts go to the goalies, but when you're a defenceman you definitely take pride in contributing to that and helping out."
Notes: Including playoffs, the Senators have had 22 consecutive sellouts at Scotiabank Place.