Rangers lose in a shootout to Senators
OTTAWA -- Henrik Lundqvist was steaming. In the seventh round of a shootout Thursday night, Kaspars Daugavins misfired on a shot as he approached Lundqvist, but the puck slid under the Rangers goaltender and into the net. Chris Kreider hit the post on the next attempt, and the Rangers lost to the depleted Senators, 3-2.
"Lucky bounce for them," said Lundqvist, who made 35 saves. "I'm so frustrated."
So was Kreider, whose collision with Craig Anderson (who stopped all 21 shots he faced and was named the game's first star) early in the third period knocked the NHL's leading goaltender out with an injured ankle. Ben Bishop replaced him with the Senators leading 1-0.
"Post and out, not post and in. Like the cliche, game of inches," said Kreider, who said that on the rush that knocked Anderson out, Sens defenseman Marc Methot's stick "got caught up in my skates. There was no way I could get out of the way." Kreider was not penalized.
The Rangers had a chance to win it in the sixth round of the shootout, but J.T. Miller missed an open net on a backhand attempt after deking Bishop. Miller did earn his first NHL assist on Ryan McDonagh's third-period goal.
Ryan Callahan scored the lone goal of the shootout for the Rangers.
The Rangers scored twice in 51 seconds midway through the third, on a power-play goal by Callahan and a long, seeing-eye shot from the point by McDonagh, but couldn't nail down the win. Mika Zibanejad put in a rebound all alone in front on the power play with 6:30 to play in regulation to tie the score at 2.
The Rangers (8-6-2) earned a point in the first game of the two-game road trip, which continues Saturday in Montreal, but may have lost Michael Del Zotto, who left the game in the third period after Methot's hip-on-hip check.
Ten months after a bruising seven-game playoff battle in which five games were decided by a goal, there was some history between the two teams.
"Any time you play a team in the playoffs, there's an opportunity for a rivalry," Senators coach Paul MacLean said.
"We'll use our last loss [against Montreal] as motivation," Lundqvist said when told of MacLean's comments.
Lundqvist again was facing Anderson, who entered leading the NHL with a 1.57 GAA and a .950 save percentage and was in goal for all seven games in last spring's showdown.
The April series was a physical, low-scoring affair. Brian Boyle suffered a concussion on a hit from Chris Neil. In Game 2, Boyle was jumped by Matt Carkner (now an Islander) and Carl Hagelin was suspended three games for an elbow to the head of Daniel Alfredsson. John Tortorella said that series would not have any impact on Thursday night's game, and Neil echoed that sentiment.
The Rangers were without Rick Nash for the second straight game, as he remained in New York with an undisclosed injury.
The Senators were missing All-Star defenseman Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza, Milan Michalek, Jared Cowan and Guillaume Latendresse.