OTTAWA - Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves as the Ottawa Senators fell 2-0 to the New York Rangers on Saturday.
Lundqvist's shutout spoiled the debut of Ottawa goalie Brian Elliott, making just his second start in the NHL, who was named the goaltender of the month in the American Hockey League for December. And with the Senators back home following a 1-6-1 road trip, Elliot was given a shot with the big club.
Elliott played well but anything less than perfection was futile as the Senators were shutout for the fourth time this season.
Brandon Dubinsky scored in the first period and Lauri Korpikoski added an insurance goal in the third to account for the scoring.
It was Lundqvist's second shutout of the season and 19th of his career.
Elliott made 25 saves, including one off Petr Prucha on a breakaway early in the third period.
But shortly thereafter, Elliott wasn't tight enough against the post and a quick shot from Korpikoski slipped through at 5:22 to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead.
Dubinsky scored the game's first goal when a rebound bounced off Korpikoski's chest right to Dubinsky at the side of the net. Dubinsky swatted the puck past Elliott at 15:09 of the first period for his first goal in 20 games.
The Senators were outshot 14-9 in the first period, but outhustled the Rangers in the second period outshooting them 14-4.
The Senators also had a 5-on-3 advantage for 25 seconds, but were unable to get anything going in the scoreless frame.
Notes: The Rangers went more than four periods between penalties before Chris Drury was penalized at 1:29 of the second period against Ottawa. They didn't receive a penalty against Buffalo and went a total of 91 minutes 59 seconds between calls. ...The Rangers have allowed the most short-handed goals in the NHL this year with 13. ...The Senators lead the lifetime series with the Rangers 31-22-3-5. ...On their recent eight-game road trip the Senators spent 20 days on the road traveling a total distance of 10,202 kilometres.