The Rangers had just four shots on goal in five power plays and, as somebody said after the game, you aren’t going to win many games if you only score a goal. Ottawa won 2-1 after Ryan Shannon gave the Senators the winning goal with 1:09 gone in the third, off a pass from Nick Foglino.
“We definitely had our chances to get the game going on the power play but for some reason we had a tough time getting the power play going tonight,” goalie Henrik Lundqvist said.
Little trivia for you, Shannon (right) grew up a Rangers fan, and watched the Wayne Gretzky retirement ceremony here. It was the first regular season game at the Garden for the kid from Darien, Conn. Look, I know you might be mad after the Rangers lost, but it’s a cool moment for him.
Back to the Rangers. With the loss, the Rangers (38-27-8) missed an opportunity to spring into a fifth place tie with Pittsburgh, and remains in the seventh spot with nine games left to play. Ottawa is 32-30-8 and has now won five straight.
“It clearly wasn’t our night, but it’s over and we’re back at it tomorrow,” Drury said. “They played well, they’re aggressive. They kind of take half the ice, pressure the wall. By the time we kind of figured things out, it was too late.”
“I don’t think that back-to-back has anything to do with it,” Sean Avery said. “(Ottawa) played back-to-back. We could have played a better game.”
Rangers coach John Tortorella tried to spark the Rangers by switching Ryan Callahan and Nikolai Zherdev, pulling Callahan to play with Sean Avery and Scott Gomez.
“I thought we were a little stale offensively,” Tortorella said.
It didn’t work, but the coach said he wouldn’t panic about one loss.
“This isn’t supposed to be easy,” Tortorella said. “It is not going to be and you are not always going to be at your best.”
The Rangers played much of the game without Michal Rozsival, who was injured in the second period on the same play that sent Colton Orr to the penalty box with 3:44 gone. Tortorella said he hadn’t spoken to the team doctors yet and would update the defenseman’s condition in the morning. They have an optional skate in the early afternoon.
Here’s the game recap.