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Rangers score three in third, pull away from Senators

Andersson, Kreider goals 4:52 apart boost New York

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Chris Kreider scored his 13th goal, and the New York Rangers handed the Ottawa Senators their fourth straight loss with a 4-2 win at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

Lias Andersson and Marc Staal each scored his first goal of the season, and Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist for the Rangers (13-10-2), who won for the first time in three games. Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves.

"We can't rely on just a few guys, we need everybody to play a big part on this team, so it's important to get guys going and feel good about their game, get the confidence high, because we win as a group here," Lundqvist said. "That's the only way for us this year, the way we're built."


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Mark Stone scored two goals, Brady Tkachuk had two assists, and Craig Anderson made 29 saves for the Senators (9-12-3), who have allowed 23 goals in their four-game losing streak.

"We're in the business of winning hockey games, and right now we're struggling," Stone said. "It's going to bring out some character in all of us."

Video: OTT@NYR: Kreider cashes in on beautiful feed

The Senators felt they showed some of that character in the first two periods, when they allowed one goal on 22 shots, an improvement on how they played defensively in their three previous games.

Andersson gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead at 3:26 of the third period, when the rebound of Ryan Strome's shot hit off his backside and went into the net. It was his second goal in 18 NHL games.

Ottawa coach Guy Boucher challenged for goalie interference by Andersson, but the call on the ice of good goal was upheld by video review.

"A goal is a goal," Andersson said. "Definitely not the prettiest one, but I'll still take it."

Kreider made it 3-1 at 8:18, scoring off a 2-on-1 with Filip Chytil that started because Senators defenseman Cody Ceci pinched in too low and Ottawa didn't have the support of a forward to stay higher in the zone to defend if the puck popped out, which it did.

"The goal at the beginning of the third period, that's fine, it's only one goal," Boucher said. "We always come back. We've got the capacity to do so. But again, it's the extra goal that hurt us like all of these games we've seen because we're too eager to get it right away, we're not patient with the result. That's the maturity we have to build."

Stone cut the Rangers lead to 3-2 with a 6-on-5 goal at 17:17, Ottawa's sixth shot on goal in a span of 1:51, but Zibanejad made it 4-2 with an empty-net goal at 18:21.

"One of the things we talked about in between the second and third was I thought the team that played the most honest hockey was going to win the hockey game," Rangers coach David Quinn said. "I didn't think there was a lot of honest hockey from our end in the first two periods. From the drop of the puck in the third, we were paying attention to detail, we weren't getting ahead of ourselves, and we showed all the things you need to show to play winning hockey.

"After we made it 3-1, I thought we reverted back, and I thought thank God for our goalie because that game could have been 3-3 in a hurry."

Staal gave New York a 1-0 lead at 10:55 of the first period.

The Senators tied it 1-1 2:08 later when Stone scored his first. Quinn challenged for goalie interference by Colin White, but the call on the ice of good goal was upheld by video review.

"It happened so quickly when he got to the rebound, so I think it was the right call," Lundqvist said.

Video: OTT@NYR: Andersson nets goal on deflection


They said it 

"One play killed us, but it's the similar type of hurt we've been giving to ourselves. We sabotage ourselves a little bit, and it's something that we've got to take away. We're going to learn." -- Senators coach Guy Boucher


"We were leaving this locker room going out for the third saying it's 1-1 and we haven't played nearly how we can play. I thought in the third we stuck it to them a little bit. We got two quick goals, and it's a lot nicer playing with the lead than battling back." -- Rangers center Kevin Hayes


Need to know

Rangers forward Vladislav Namestnikov struggled to get to the bench after getting hit by Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot at 18:12 of the third period. Namestnikov went to the dressing room before the final buzzer. Quinn said he was talking after the game and called it progress. … New York forward Mats Zuccarello (groin) missed his second straight game and eighth in the past 10 games.


What's next

Senators: At the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, RDS2, TSN5, NHL.TV)

Rangers: At the Ottawa Senators on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS, MSG, NHL.TV)

Video: Rangers score three in the 3rd to pull away from Sens

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