Lundqvist, Rangers blank Senators

OTTAWA (Ticker) — Henrik Lundqvist proved why he is an

Lundqvist made 33 saves to record his second shutout of the
season and Brandon Dubinsky and rookie Lauri Korpikoski ended
long goal-scoring droughts, leading the New York Rangers to a
2-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

“I thought we played an outstanding defensive game tonight,”
Lundqvist said. “They had some chances early, but for the most
part, their shots were from the outside and the guys did a great
job of letting me see everything. On top of that, we scored on
a couple of our better chances and earned a big win here

Korpikoski also notched an assist for his first career
multi-point game for the Rangers, who had lost six of their
previous eight contests.

“We played a good game tonight from start to finish, and we
capitalized on our chances,” Korpikoski said. “Even though
Ottawa has been struggling, they can still be a very tough team
to beat.”

Brian Elliott stopped 25 shots in his second career start for
the Senators, who have lost five consecutive games.

“That’s definitely not the result we needed,” Elliott said. “It
was a tight game, and with a few bounces, it could have gone our
way. Unfortunately, it didn’t, and we’ll have to put this
behind us and come out strong next time.”

Lundqvist turned aside nine shots in the first period, 14 in the
second and 10 in the third to complete his 19th career blanking.

“I think a big difference in our game tonight was not taking
many penalties,” Lundqvist said. “When you’re playing a team
that’s finding it hard to score, giving them power-play
opportunities is a good way to let them back in the game. But
we played a disciplined game, and when we did take penalties,
our PK came up big.”

Dubinsky opened the scoring with 4:51 left in the opening
session, converting Korpikoski’s rebound to end a 19-game slump.

Petr Prucha started the play when he gained possession in the
corner, outbattling two defenders before pushing the puck to
Korpikoski, who drove to the net and unleashed a quick shot on
Elliott. Dubinsky then lifted the puck over the sprawling
netminder for his sixth goal of the season.

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“I just went to the net when I saw (Korpikoski) coming out with
(the puck),” Dubinsky said. “The puck bounced off their goalie
and dropped in front of me, and I was able to get it over
(Elliott’s) pad.”

After a scoreless second period, Korpikoski netted his second
career goal at 5:22 of the final session. He had not scored
since November 12.

“Obviously, it’s nice to be able to score goals and do things
that help the team win,” Korpikoski said. “Every win is huge
for us, and none of them are easy.”

Nikolai Zherdev carried the puck into the offensive zone and
made a sensational move around a defender before delivering a
pass to Korpikoski, who fired a one-timer into the top corner of
the net for a two-goal bulge.

“(Zherdev) was able to get the puck over to me and I just took
my shot,” Korpikoski said. “Fortunately, it went in. It was
good to have that two-goal cushion after that.”

It was more than enough offense for Lundqvist, who also shut out
the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday.

“Last night in Buffalo, we played a good game and came up empty.
So it’s nice to be rewarded for our efforts tonight,” Lundqvist

“Coaches always like those kinds of games,” Rangers coach Tom
Renney said. “We didn’t have to rely on any big heroics, we
just did the things that winning teams do and we earned the two
points. That’s a good-looking win for us.

For Ottawa, which was coming off a road trip in which it earned
just three of a possible 16 points, this was not the outcome it

“We had our chances and played a solid game tonight,” Senators
center Jason Spezza said. “But things aren’t going our way
right now, and it’s frustrating. We just have to keep looking
for ways to turn it around. Hopefully, we can do that on
Tuesday night.”