FINAL SCORE: New York Rangers: 8 Ottawa Senators: 4
FIRST PERIOD: The New York Rangers needed to come out and have a good start to this period. Their start was mostly slow, but with almost seven minutes gone by in the first period Mike Hoffman scored the game’s first goal off a beautiful slap shot from the point that beat Henrik Lundqvist high glove side. Eight seconds after the goal was scored Carl Hagelin took a penalty but no need to fear as the Rangers penalty kill went to work and Rick Nash scored the Rangers first goal, and their fourth shorthanded goal in eight games to tie the game at one. However, later in the period the Rangers took another penalty and this one was all Ottawa, Mika Zibanejad scored after being left alone in front by the defense and gave the Senators a 2-1 lead. As the first period came to it’s end, the shots were tied 9-9.
SECOND PERIOD: The Rangers really needed to come out with an offensive burst this period to gain some momentum. After a failed power play attempt, Derick Brassard scored the equalizer and gave the Rangers the momentum they needed. About seven minutes later, Benoit Pouliot put the Rangers third goal past Robert Lehner to give the Rangers their first lead of the game. Less than three minutes later, John Moore scored on a long shot from the blue line to increase the Rangers lead to 4-2. Exactly one minute after that, with only 16 seconds remaining in the period, Ryan McDonagh scored off another long shot from the SAME EXACT SPOT to make the lead 5-2. The Rangers, getting the offensive explosion they were looking for, came out of the period leading in shots 17-16.
THIRD PERIOD: I’m just going to warn you all now that this period was weird, very weird. All the Rangers had to do was come out and hold onto the lead and with a minute and 27 seconds gone by in the third period Milan Michalek scored a goal to cut the Rangers lead to two at 5-3. Just over a minute later, Derek Stepan scored off of a beautiful pass from Mats Zuccarello and the Rangers regained their three goal lead at 6-3. Two minutes later, Brassard scored his second goal of the game and the Rangers led 7-3. Now one would think that this would put an end to the scoring, and that both teams, or at least the Rangers would settle the game down. They didn’t settle the game down, they panicked for sometime and that ended in Bobby Ryan scoring the Senators fourth and final goal of the game to make the score 7-4. At the end, two top off the scoring Rick Nash scored an empty net goal and his second goal of the night, and the Rangers led 8-4, which is the score they ended the game with.
SOME NOTES: Rangers scored a season high eight goals. Henrik Lundqvist became the winningest goaltender in New York Rangers history and now has 302 wins.