Jan 18, 2014; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers center Derek Stepan (21) celebrates goal scored by center Brad Richards (19) in the first period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

After the Horn: Rangers at Senators

FINAL SCORE: New York Rangers: 4 Ottawa Senators: 1

FIRST PERIOD:

The Rangers started off the first period well and almost scored when the post saved Craig Anderson from an early blunder. However, three minutes later the Ottawa Senators took control of the game and grabbed a 1-0 lead with not even five minutes gone in the period on a shot that snuck past a screened Cam Talbot. However, the Rangers came back and began to dominate the game again and were rewarded with a 5 on 3 power play opportunity. With 10:10 left in the period Brad Richards made no mistake and scored the equalizer, his ninth point in eight games. The Rangers continued to dominate the period, ending ahead in shots 16 to 6, with the game tied.

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SECOND PERIOD: 

Coming back into the second period of the game, the Rangers looked to keep control of the play against Ottawa. They stuck to the game plan and did just that, the Rangers dominated play for the entire period, keeping the puck mostly in the neutral or offensive zones. Then, with just over seven minutes remaining in the period, Rick Nash broke down the right side of the ice and scored a beautiful top shelf wrist shot to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead. It seemed as though the Rangers would come out of the period content with the one goal lead until Derek Stepan scored on a shot from a weird angle that gave him his third point of the game and the Rangers a 3-1 lead as the period came to a close. The Rangers came out of the second period leading 25-14 in shots.

THIRD PERIOD: 

The third and final period started and the ice tilted a little more in Ottawa’s favor and started off the period leading 8-2 in shots; but Talbot, as usual, stood strong to the task and made the saves. For most of the period it looked as if Ottawa was prepared to make a comeback, however with only 3:10 remaining in the game, Mats Zuccarello caused a turnover which allowed him to move in on a breakaway and score the fourth goal that would suck the life (and most of the fans) out of the Canadian Tire Centre. The Rangers ended the game with a 31-30 shot advantage, and will play again tomorrow night against the Washington Capitals.

Three Stars of the Game:

1) Derek Stepan- 3 points

2) Mats Zuccarello- 1 goal, 14:27 TOI

3) Zack Smith

MY Three Stars of the Game:

1) Derek Stepan- 3 points

2) Cam Talbot- 29 saves

3) Rick Nash- Game winning goal

Tags: Brad Richards Cam Talbot Derek Stepan Mats Zuccarello New York Rangers Rick Nash

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