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Rangers’ streak snapped by Spezza and Senators

The New York Rangers (27-10-4) five game winning streak was snapped in a 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators (24-15-6) in hockey action on Thursday night. The last time the Blueshirts were blanked was on December 13, when they fell to the Dallas Stars by a final of 1-0.

It was the fourth time that New York had a winning streak of five games stopped, as Ottawa became one of the last time to register a shutout this season. The Senators have shut down the Blueshirts five times in 27 games at New York.

Leading the way for the Senators was center Jason Spezza, who recorded two goals in the game. Spezza’s (18) two goals were sandwiched in with a tally from Milan Michalek (23).

New York had three players finishing with four shots apiece, as Brian BoyleBrad Richards and Derek Stephan all had quality opportunities in the game. Blueshirts keeper Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves in the game.

Boyle lead the Rangers with eight hits, while also finishing the game with one blocked shot.  Meanwhile Richards won 7-of-8 face-off opportunities.  Stu Bickel led the Blueshirts in blocked shots, finishing the night with four.

The Rangers will have a two game road trip in Canada, before returning to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. New York’s road trip starts on Saturday with an Original Six match-up against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The game between the Blueshirts and the Leafs will air on the MSG Plus-2 network, with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Note: Lundqivst along with winger Marian Gaborik and blueliner Dan Girardi were all selected as the represntatives for the Rangers in the 2012 NHL All-Star game earlier on Thursday.

Written on January 13, 2012

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