Anderson makes 32 saves, Senators beat Rangers 2-0

Ottawa Senators defenseman Marc Methot blocks

Anderson makes 32 saves, Senators beat Rangers 2-0

Its only the sixth time in 22 games theyve completed the feat, but Pageau went to the front of the net to beat Raanta at 1:54 of the second for his third goal after taking a ideal feed from Tom Pyatt.

In his pre-game interview, Boucher noted that he wasn't sure he was going to play Anderson tonight, but made a decision to go with him after the "tender said he still had a lot of energy".

The Rangers (15-7-1) were shut out for the first time this season Sunday against Ottawa in their 23rd game of the year. Zach Smith worked the puck behind the Rangers' net to Tom Pyatt, who drew in two defenders and fed Pageau in front of the net for his third goal of the season.

Anderson made second-period goals from center Jean-Gabriel Pageau and right winger Mark Stone stand for the Senators (14-7-1). "We knew exactly how they were going to play".

"I think they're the best offensive team in the league", Brassard said.

"It was a really nice play by (Smith) and Pyatt nice pass", Pageau said. With 5 goals in his last nine games, it's safe to say that Mark Stone is fully healed and playing like his old self after missing most of training camp and being on the receiving end of some hard bumps and bruises in October.

Playing on the second night of back-to-back games, Anderson was in there because he wanted to make the start and coach Guy Boucher wasn't about to turn down the request to play.

The war of words may not quite be over just yet, as the Rangers prepare to host the Senators on Sunday night.

New York's power play struggled against the Senators, going 0 for 4.

Coming off a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday at home, the Senators were feeling pretty good about themselves heading into this game and this was their fourth straight win in regulation. “When the opportunity arises you have to take it and make the most of it I just didnt get enough wood on it.”.

The last time that Derick Brassard played in Madison Square Garden, he was wearing No. 16 in "Broadway Blue". "I'm really thankful for the fans here and for appreciating my work here the last four years".

The Rangers, who acquired the former sixth overall pick of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft from the Columbus Blue Jackets in April of 2013, sent Brassard and a 2018 seventh round pick to Ottawa for center Mika Zibanejad (who broke his leg and is sidelined for at least six weeks) and the Senators' 2018 second round pick. The Rangers scratched C Oscar Lindberg and D Adam Clendening. The club recalled Max McCormick from its AHL affiliate in Binghamton because there were a couple of forwards that were questionable while defenceman Fredrik Claesson also had to be ready to suit up, but neither was needed.

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