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Senators sneak past Rangers in SO

Mar 25, 2011 - 4:11 AM
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Erik Karlsson scored in the fifth round of the shootout, lifting the Ottawa Senators over the streaking New York Rangers, 2-1, at Madison Square Garden.

Craig Anderson made 29 saves, including six in overtime, to help the Senators win for the third time in four games. Ryan Shannon scored in regulation.

The Rangers were aiming for a sixth consecutive win as they fight for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but still picked up a point.

They are currently seventh in the conference, two points behind Montreal, which lost to Boston by a 7-0 score on Thursday. The Rangers play the Bruins on Saturday.

"Tonight everybody didn't (play with energy) and tonight we steal a point," said Rangers head coach John Tortorella. "We take the point, stuff it in your back pocket and move by this and get ready for a team that just spanked Montreal."

Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 29 shots in the loss, while Brandon Prust lit the lamp.

New York gained a good chance to earn the win with 26 seconds left in regulation, when the Senators' Chris Neil was called for holding.

The power play carried over into overtime and the Rangers had several decent scoring chances, but Anderson held steady. Neil then got a breakaway chance with about three minutes left in the extra session, but couldn't settle the puck, which was rolling on its side, and Lundqvist stuffed his shot.

Lundqvist made four saves in overtime to help send the game, which had been deadlocked since early in the third period, to the shootout.

After four scoreless rounds in the shootout, the Rangers' Ryan Callahan began the fifth with an ill-fated attempt. He nearly lost his edge while skating toward the net, then had his stick snap before he could get off a good shot.

Karlsson went next and ended the game with a low wrister that got past Lundqvist's pad, bounced off the right post and settled beyond the goal line.

The teams combined for 12 shots in a scoreless first period, then played most of the second in a 0-0 tie.

But late in the period, the Senators cracked the scoreboard thanks to an opportune rush. Bobby Butler carried the puck deep into the Rangers end along the left boards, then centered for Shannon, who snapped the puck past Lundqvist with 4:39 on the clock.

However, Prust's quick shot from the low right circle pulled the Rangers even 2:45 into the third.

Game Notes

The teams split the four-game season series...New York defenseman Marc Staal returned from a two-game absence (undisclosed injury) and posted an assist...The Rangers begin a four-game road trip Saturday in Boston. They will also visit Buffalo, the New York Islanders, and Philadelphia.