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Senators snap out of six-game losing streak with 4-1 win over Rangers

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OTTAWA - A new look brought a new result for the Ottawa Senators Saturday afternoon as they beat the New York Rangers 4-1.

The Senators (7-9-4) who had been mired in a six-game losing streak finally managed to pick up two points as they unveiled their new third jersey.

Jason Spezza, Jesse Winchester, Daniel Alfredsson and Nick Foligno scored for the Senators while Alex Auld stopped 18 shots.

Markus Naslund scored the lone goal for the Rangers (14-7-2). Steve Valiquette faced 36 shots for the Rangers, who dropped their second straight game.

Spezza opened the scoring with a power-play goal five minutes into the game as Dany Heatley broke through the Rangers' defence to feed Spezza with a great pass.

The Rangers struggled through the first period as they failed to register their first shot until the 13-minute mark.

Ottawa looked to have taken a two-goal lead early in the second, but for the second straight game the goal was called back after it was ruled Nick Foligno tipped it with a high stick.

Ottawa took control of the game late in the second period scoring two goals in 82 seconds.

Winchester, scoring just his second NHL career goal, beat Valiquette with Wade Redden draped all over him with just over two minutes remaining.

Alfredsson then made it 3-0 as Valiquette was caught unaware with Jarkko Ruutu creating a great screen.

The Rangers finally solved Auld in the opening minutes of the third as Naslund's wrist shot just slipped through the pads. Redden had an assist on the play.

Making his first return to Ottawa since signing with the Rangers in the off-season, Redden was greeted with a video tribute at the six-minute mark of the first period. At the end of the video he was thanked for all his contributions during his 11-year tenure in Ottawa which resulted in a standing ovation from the 19,619 at Scotiabank Place for the defenceman.

Foligno redeemed himself midway through the third as he tipped Ruutu's shot to give the Senators a 4-1 lead.

The Senators, who are just 4-5-2 as the home team this year, played the second of a three-game homestand that will end Thursday against Toronto.

New York has now lost nine of its last 11 in Ottawa.

The Senators unveiled their new third jersey which is black with red running on the bottom half of the sleeves and down the side of the jersey with white numbers and lettering and the wording SENS featured along the front in red. The team will also wear new pants, which feature a red stripe down the sides, and socks to complement the look.

Notes: Ottawa was without C Mike Fisher (knee, 2-4 weeks), RW Chris Neil (knee, 4-6 weeks), RW Ryan Shannon (concussion, day-to-day), D Christoph Schubert and Luke Richardson were a healthy scratch. The Rangers were without C Scott Gomez (ankle, day-to-day). RW Peter Prucha was a healthy scratch.

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