Ottawa, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Left winger Kaspars Daugavins delivered the game-winning score while backup netminder Ben Bishop stopped six shots in a seven-round shootout as the Ottawa Senators outlasted the New York Rangers, 3-2, Thursday at Scotiabank Place.
However, it was a costly victory for the Senators as they lost starting goaltender Craig Anderson, who suffered a sprained right ankle in the third quarter of the game. He stopped 21 shots before the injury.
The team said Anderson, who was taken down by Rangers forward Chris Kreider as he slid into the Ottawa net 1:43 into the third period, is listed as day-to-day.
“When we got down, I thought we played our best,” coach Paul MacLean said of winning without Anderson. “We’ve got great leadership on this team.”
“I feel awful,” Kreider said when told of what happened to Anderson. “There was nothing I could do.”
Bishop finished with 11 saves, Jakob Silfverberg tallied his third goal of the year and Mika Zibanejad added his second goal for the Senators (10-6-2), who won for the third time in four days – all against teams from New York area.
The Senators beat the New Jersey Devils via shootout Monday before following it with a 3-1 triumph over the New York Islanders Tuesday.
Ryan Callahan and Ryan McDonagh scored their fourth and second goal, respectively, while Henrik Lundqvist added 35 saves for the Rangers, who dropped to 8-6-2 after losing three of their last four outings.
Silfverberg gained control of the puck in the neutral zone and flew up the right wing. Callahan attempted to catch the Swede but fell, allowing Silfverberg to score a shorthanded goal past Lundqvist at the 6:48 mark of the first period.
After Anderson went down, Bishop entered with a 1-0 lead but the Rangers tied the game after Callahan beat the Senators’ backup goalie to his stick side.
Just 51 seconds later, McDonagh’s shot from the left point deflected through traffic and beat Bishop to put the Rangers ahead but Ottawa tied the game when Zibanejad hit a high shot past Lundqvist for a power-play goal.