Rangers-Senators: Another Blueshirt Comeback

Michael PolakContributor INovember 17, 2008

Well, while my prediction might have been a little off (4-2 Rangers), the Rangers still came from behind to win yet another contest and keep their momentum going. The 2-1 shootout win over the visiting Senators gave New York its third straight triumph, all of which were come-from-behind victories. With the win, the Rangers improved to 14-5-2 overall, as they cracked the 30-point mark just 21 games into the season. As for the Sens, they fall to 6-9-3, with a Northeast Division worst 15 points.

Again, the Rangers relied on late heroics and the stellar goaltending of Henrik Lundqvist to earn this win. After falling behind 1-0 in the second on Daniel Alfredsson’s fourth goal of the year, the Rangers finally were able to find the net at 7:17 in the third. Fredrik Sjostrom sent a shot past Alex Auld to tie the score at one. For the fourth-line winger, it was his second tally of the year, with Blair Betts and Marc Staal getting assists. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 of 28 shots in goal, including all three shootout attempts by the Senators (Jason Spezza, Jarkko Ruutu, and Antoine Vermette).

As for the Rangers in the shootout, Nikolai Zherdev came up with the first tally, firing a wicked wrister past Auld in the first round. After that, Sjostrom along with Chris Drury, were both denied, but it proved to be a moot point as Lundqvist came up big again.

Now for the Rangers, they can rest up and begin preparation for a Western Conference matchup with the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday at MSG. That game will be no easy task for the Blueshirts, as the Western Canadian squad comes in with a 10-6-2 record, good for first place in the Northwest Division. In addition, Vancouver will want to rebound after they lost 2-1 in a shootout to a weak Islanders squad on Monday night. It should be a good one as always from The Garden!