OTTAWA -- Two Rangers left for home a little banged up, but they escaped serious injury.
Dominic Moore had his head down and was belted by Chris Neil near the benches at 8:36 of the second period. Moore, who felt the hit was late, jumped up and confronted Neil, as did Daniel Carcillo, but Moore got the only penalty, for roughing.
"I'm not sure where he came from," Moore said. "I felt like the puck was gone and a few guys thought it was."
The Rangers killed the penalty. After the game, Moore stretched his neck and said he felt fine, "at least right now."
"You know he's going to finish his checks and try to start something, be a little chippy," Marc Staal said of Neil. "I thought we did a pretty good job of keeping our cool and staying out of the box."
Carl Hagelin limped to the bench in pain after being hit on the upper leg by a slapper from Brad Richards. After trainer Jim Ramsay worked on Hagelin, he returned to the game and played 14:33. Coach Alain Vigneault said he seemed fine, "other than being real upset with Richie."
Stepan's DQ solutionIn one indicator of how loose the Rangers are, Staal credited an ice cream concoction for Derek Stepan's goal and three-point game. "He had a Reese's Pieces from Dairy Queen last night, a Blizzard, and that was it," Staal reported. "He just needed a little DQ in his life."
Zuccarello scores 13th
Mats Zuccarello's goal tied him with Richards for the team lead with 13 . . . Ryan McDonagh assisted on Richards' power-play goal. It was McDonagh's 20th of the season.