Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Sunday, December 5th
Game 2: Thursday, December 9th
Game 3: Friday, March 4th
Game 4: Thursday, March 24th

Senators 3

(12-14-2, 26 pts)

Rangers 1

(16-12-1, 33 pts)

5:00 PM ET, December 5, 2010

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

1 2 3 T
OTT 0 1 23
NYR 0 1 01

P. Leclaire (Senators - G): Saves: 25, Save Pct.: .962

C. Kelly (Senators - C): Goals: 3, Assists: 0

H. Lundqvist (Rangers - G): Saves: 22, Save Pct.: .917

Senators-Rangers Preview


Henrik Lundqvist shut out two opponents within a week, but he refuses to take all the credit for the New York Rangers' recent success.

A hot goaltender may be the last thing the Ottawa Senators' anemic offense wants to face.

The Rangers look for their third straight victory Sunday when they host the Senators, who haven't scored a goal in more than eight periods.

Lundqvist is 4-1-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and two shutouts in his last five appearances, including a 2-0 victory Friday to complete a home-and-home sweep of the New York Islanders. The Rangers (16-11-1) have won six of eight and have killed 36 of their last 39 penalties. They haven't allowed a power play goal in 12 of their last 13 contests.

Lundqvist, whose other recent shutout came Nov. 26 at Florida, is 5-2-0 with a 1.12 GAA and a shutout in his last seven starts against Ottawa.

"When you have a shutout it means you did a lot of good things. The team did well," said Lundqvist, who only faced 17 shots against the Islanders. "(Friday) was the easiest shut out this year."

Marian Gaborik has four goals in his last three games, including a hat trick in Thursday's 6-5 win to open the home-and-home. He has 11 points in nine career games against the Senators.

Rangers leading scorer Brandon Dubinsky has gone seven games without a goal, but he has five in his last five meetings with Ottawa.

Despite the sweep of the hapless Isles, Rangers coach John Tortorella said his team still needs to improve parts of its game.

"I think we took a step in the right direction in beating (the Islanders) twice," Tortorella said. "Now we have to get ready for an Ottawa team that we feel we are going to be fighting against all year long to get in (to the playoffs)."

The Senators aren't looking like playoff contenders on offense these days.

Ottawa (11-14-2) wasted a 31-save effort Saturday from Brian Elliot and lost 1-0 in a shootout to Buffalo. It was the second consecutive shutout, third straight loss and ninth in 12 games for the Senators, who have been outscored 38-17 during that stretch.

"We feel if we duplicate that effort (against the Rangers) we'll come away with a win," coach Cory Clouston said. "To have that effort and not coming away with a win, that's tough."

The Senators haven't scored in 177 minutes, 30 seconds. Nick Foligno scored Ottawa's last goal 6:30 into the first period of a 4-1 loss to Edmonton on Monday.

"If I knew the answer, we'd be scoring goals," Clouston said. "We just have to keep working hard and putting pucks to the net."

Daniel Alfredsson leads the Senators with eight goals, but he hasn't scored since Nov. 17, eight games ago.

The Rangers won three of four games in last season's series, limiting Ottawa to six total goals in the four meetings.