Rangers Fall Flat in Loss to Ottawa

Paul J. Bereswill

Before tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators, Coach Quinn stated that he wanted his team to start a “trend of playing the right way” and was confident that this could be the game to get the ball rolling. But it looks like the trend is going to have to wait, as the Rangers lost 4-1 to the Sens, in what was anything but a pretty game for the Blueshirts. The Rangers fell behind early and never found their way back in this one.

A key match-up in tonight’s game was Artemi Panarin vs Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who each entered tonight’s game with the hot hand for their team. While Panarin’s 12-game point streak was snapped tonight, Jean-Gabriel Pageau notched an assist to help his team to victory.

The Senators jumped out to an early lead with a goal in the 57th second of the first period by Thomas Chabot followed by a power play goal by Logan Brown, which was the first in his NHL career.

Jacob Trouba was able to cut into the Senators 2-0 lead, 17 minutes and 20 seconds into the first, scoring his second goal of the season, assisted by rookie defenseman, Ryan Lindgren and Tim Gettinger, who tallied his first NHL career point after being called up this week from Hartford.

It wasn’t long into the second period when Tyler Ennis opened the 2 goal lead back up with a goal in the second minute of play. Former Ranger, Anthony Duclair would capitalize on a 5 on 3 power play opportunity, off a high-sticking penalty on Filip Chytil and a too many men on the ice penalty that came 39 seconds later. The Rangers would find themselves down two men yet again shortly after, when Jacob Trouba took a delay of game penalty.

The Rangers were dominated in all three zones tonight and need to be better at taking care of the puck in the neutral zone.

Coming off a solid 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night, everything seemed to go wrong for the New York Rangers in Ottawa tonight. Luckily for the Rangers and their fans, they have a chance to get right back in the win column heading into tomorrow’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. Overall, this is one the Rangers need to put behind them, and must do so quickly to get ready for tomorrow night.