The Rangers welcomed the Ottawa Senators to Madison Square Garden for a Sunday night tilt. A game that may not have many viewers, due to Sunday night football, was still of importance to the Rangers. As the Rangers were coming off a two-game losing streak it was imperative for them to get back in the win column as the season continues to go on and the Metropolitan stays tight.
The first period resulted in both teams being held to nothing, the Senators had their fair share of chances on the power play and off some Ranger’s defensive breakdowns but Lundqvist was able to turn away all eight Ottawa shots.
The second remained scoreless until Kevin Hayes was rewarded with a gift in the high slot, a wide-open Hayes buried the high wrister past Anderson for the first goal of the night. Hayes scored his fifth goal and ninth point of the season. The second would remain 1-0 Rangers and the shots would also be in favor for New York, 17-15.
Again five minutes into the third period, the Rangers struck again, this time off a point shot from Marc Staal which got deflected by Micahel Grabner for his ninth of the season and helped the Rangers extend the lead to 2-0. The rest of the third period would remain the same, back and fourth chances, but Ottawa was unable to score. The Senators eventually pulled Anderson with 3:19 left and the Rangers Mika Zibanejad was able to find the back of the empty net and seal the deal, for a Rangers 3-0 win.
Lundqvist picked up his first shutout of the season, turning away 20 shots. The Rangers went onto to win their sixth straight home win, and now get ready for the travel to Raleigh North Carolina before they return home for a three-game homestand. The Rangers are now 10-9-2 and take on the Carolina Hurricanes(9-6-4) Wednesday night.