Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Dany Heatley notched a goal and an assist while
Ray Emery stopped 24 shots as Ottawa easily bested the New York Rangers,
4-1, in a battle of first-place clubs at Scotiabank Place.
"You have to respect those guys when they are on the ice and not give them too
much room and we did that well tonight," said Heatley. "They seemed a little
bit tired coming off a big road trip, but we played well."
Chris Neil, Patrick Eaves and Peter Schaefer also lit the lamp for the
Senators, who snapped a two-game skid and are now five points ahead of
Carolina for the top spot in the East.
"It great to see the guys come up and fill the spots," said Emery.
Fedor Tyutin scored the only goal while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 shots for
the Rangers, who had a two-game winning streak stopped.
"We really wanted to win this game, but we had a tough game yesterday
and I don't know why we took so many penalties especially in the first
period," Lundqvist said. "We were quite frustrated and it's probably why we
lost tonight. They are a great team and I think that a lot of their success is
due to their powerplay."
New York, which is heading toward its first playoff berth since 1997,
currently leads the Atlantic Division by four points over idle second-place
Philadelphia, but the Flyers have two games in hand.
The Senators drew first blood 5:26 into the first period while on a two-man
advantage. Bryan Smolinski put a wrist shot, from left of the goal, on net and
Neil found himself alone in front to deposit the rebound past Lundqvist for a
Ottawa extended the lead on another two-man advantage with 6:23 left in the
opening period. Jason Spezza fired a shot from underneath the left circle that
Lundqvist made a save on. However, the puck wound up out front and Eaves poked
it in to make it 2-0.
Just 38 seconds later, the Rangers got back in the game after Jaromir Jagr
found Tyutin streaking down the slot. Tyutin one-timed a backhand past Emery
on the glove side to make it 2-1 entering the second period.
Heatley gave the Senators some breathing room 8:44 into the middle frame when
he lit the lamp for the 43rd time this season with a slap shot from the right
point to make it 3-1.
The Senators capped the scoring 12:50 into the final stanza. Smolinski won a
face-off cleanly in the Rangers' zone and kicked the disc back to Christoph
Schubert, who unleashed a devastating slapshot that bounced off the glass.
Schaefer knocked the disc in the net for the 4-1 edge.
"If you don't come out the gate well you stumble," said Rangers coach Tom
Renney. "Then you have to try and make up ground against good teams."
Emery won for the 12th time in March which ties an NHL record for most wins in
a month..New York has lost in six straight trips to Ottawa..Jagr now has an
11-game point streak, having tallied nine goals and 13 assists in that time.