In a scoreless first period, the closest the Rangers came to grabbing the lead was Steve Eminger’s slap shot from above the left circle that dinged off the far post at 4:15. The Rangers had just four other shots on Craig Anderson. Henrik Lundqvist, satring his 19th consecutive game, really wasn’t tested either, stopping all seven Senators shots. With Marek Svatos in the box for high sticking at 15:32, the Blueshirts buzzed but missed the net. One possibility of a spark was extinguished by the referees. With 24 seconds in the period, Mats Zuccarello started mixing it up with Zach Smith, and Michael Sauer intervened. Smith and Sauer dropped the gloves, but weren’t allowed to square off. Each received two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.