If the Ottawa Senators earned to win Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens, we can say the same about the game Saturday afternoon against the New York Rangers…
Before going on a road trip for their next four games, Paul MacLean’s troops disappointed their fans by losing 4-1.
Marc Methot set the tone by scoring the first goal of the game but all this excitement didn’t last too long as the Rangers scored four unanswered goals to leave with the two points.
Brad Richards was the first to beat the goalie Craig Anderson while his team was on a two men power play in the first period.
Then, it was Rick Nash’s turn to score. His 12th of the season gave the Rangers their first lead of the game to never look back.
Things didn’t get prettier afterwards. Derek Steppan took advantage of Erik Karlsson’s turnover at the end of the second period to double the Ranger’s lead.
Then it was Chris Phillips turn to make a mistake which led to Mats Zuccarello’s 13th goal of the year with 3 minutes to go in the third period.
Cam Talbot made 29 saves in the win as his teammate Henrik Lundqvist was enjoying a day off. On his side, Anderson made 27 saves.
Unfortunately for the Sens, this loss is their first in regulation since the New Year. Ottawa was 6-0-2 in their last eight games.
Last time Ottawa lost in regulation was Dec 27th in Boston against the Bruins where they were shutout 5-0.
We don’t have to look far to solve their counter-performance Saturday afternoon. After a great start by the Sens, things got complicated after the Rangers first goal. Intensity suddenly disappeared…
If Ottawa would of came back and won, they surely wouldn’t of earned it.
Senators will play their next 4 games on the road. First stop is Tuesday night in Washington to play Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals.
The canadian team will be back in Ottawa Thursdsay January 30th to play the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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