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Emery notches another shutout as Sens nip Rangers

OTTAWA (AP) -- Ray Emery and the suddenly defensive-minded Ottawa
Senators won another tight game by making a one-goal lead stand up
for more than 59 minutes against the struggling New York Rangers.

Emery made 27 saves for his second straight shutout, Daniel
Alfredsson scored in the first minute and Ottawa extended the
Rangers' losing streak to seven games with a 1-0 victory Friday
night.

The Senators won their third in a row since losing top center
Jason Spezza to a knee injury, two nights after Emery stopped 18
shots in a 2-0 home win over the New York Islanders.

Ottawa, which led the NHL in goals last season and is among the
league's highest scoring teams with 124 overall, also lost center
Mike Fisher to a knee injury Wednesday.

"We're down to the point where we're missing bodies and most of
the games we win are going to have to be like that, unless our
power play gets hot," said Emery, who has six career shutouts,
including three this season. "It's encouraging to see the guys
dedicated to winning, and willing to win those tight games."

The Rangers were shut out for the second straight game. The
losing streak is their longest since an eight-game skid in the wake
of the 2004 trading deadline.

"Nobody's going to help us but us, so we have to face it,"
said captain Jaromir Jagr, who was stopped by Emery late in the
second on one of the Rangers' best -- among their few -- scoring
chances.

New York, which hadn't been held scoreless in consecutive games
since the beginning of the 2003-04 season, had been shut out just
once in its first 37 games before Tuesday night's 2-0 road loss to
the New York Islanders.

Alfredsson gave Ottawa a sudden lead when he tipped Chris
Phillips' shot past Henrik Lundqvist at 32 seconds.

"I knew he was going to deflect it, but I still had to go for
it with my glove and the deflection went five-hole," Lundqvist
said. "It was a tough start for us."

The Senators held the Rangers to four shots in the first, which
saw New York hold a power play over the final 3:25 of the period
after Ottawa's Chris Neil was assessed a charging major for his hit
on Matt Cullen along the boards.

"We didn't have many chances," Jagr said. "We didn't even
take advantage of a five-minute power play."

Rangers coach Tom Renney was upset that Neil wasn't ejected from
the game for his hit on Cullen.

"The way I read the rules, if there's an injury to the face or
the head on any kind of hit like that -- where a player leaves his
feet and there's a 5-minute penalty, it's, 'See ya later!' It's in
the book," Renney said.

Lundqvist denied a couple of chances on a short-handed break by
Alfredsson in the opening period, stopping the Ottawa captain's
first shot before sprawling to make a glove save on Alfredsson's
shot off the rebound.

The Rangers, who have lost all seven games in regulation, are on
their worst losing streak since they went 0-5-0-3 from March 12-25,
2004, after cutting their payroll by dumping salary, notably
trading Brian Leetch and Martin Rucinsky.

The consecutive shutout wins were the first time Ottawa
accomplished the feat since a 3-0 win in Boston on Dec. 30, 2003,
followed by a 1-0 win over the Islanders on Jan. 1, 2004.

Senators coach Bryan Murray inserted Chris Kelly between
Alfredsson and Dany Heatley on the Senators' top line.

"Any time you can play with All-Stars, it's definitely
enjoyable," Kelly said. "There were some butterflies before the
game so it was great that we got the goal on that first shift."

New York's Ryan Hollweg had to be helped to his bench by
defenseman Karel Rachunek after his left knee was struck by
Christoph Schubert's right leg early in the second.

Game notes
The Rangers had a team record 11-game losing streak during
the 1943-44 season. ... New York lost 5-0 to Columbus on Oct. 11,
2003, followed by a 0-0 tie against Atlanta five days later. ...
Alfredsson extended his points streak to five games. He has three
goals and five assists over the course of the streak. ... The
sellout crowd of 20,214 set a Senators attendance record for the
second straight game.