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Rangers try to stay hot in Ottawa

(SportsNetwork.com) - The surging New York Rangers will aim for fifth win in six games when they visit the Ottawa Senators on Saturday afternoon at Canadian Tire Centre.

In addition to winning four of five outings, New York is boasting a 9-3-1 record over its last 13 games. The recent hot stretch has pushed the Rangers into a tie with Philadelphia for second place in the Atlantic Division. The top three teams in each division get an automatic berth to the postseason.

Henrik Lundqvist was the star for the Blueshirts in a 1-0 win Thursday over the visiting Detroit Red Wings. Lundqvist came out on top of a goaltending duel with Jimmy Howard and Mats Zuccarello scored the game's only goal with 5:58 remaining in the third period.

Lundqvist turned away 38 shots in delivering his third shutout of the season and just getting the better of Howard, who returned from a hip flexor injury to stop 47-of-48 shots in a hard-luck defeat.

"Both guys, both Hank and Howard, had their A-game out there," Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault remarked. "They were seeing the puck and controlling their rebounds. We were just fortunate to finally be able to put one past (Howard)."

The Rangers finally got one past the Detroit netminder on their 45th chance of the game. Skating in on a 3-on-2 rush, Zuccarello attempted a pass across the crease that was deflected by Red Wings defenseman Brian Lashoff and caromed underneath Howard's right arm, breaking the scoreless stalemate in the 55th minute of play.

"It was one of those (games) where a typical goal like that was going to decide the game," said Zuccarello, who is tied for the team lead this season with 12 goals.

The close win helped New York wrap a four-game homestand with a 3-1-0 record and improved the club's season mark at Madison Square Garden to 11-11-3. The Rangers, who are 14-10-0 on the road, will only be away from the Garden for one game, as they're set to begin a three-game homestand tomorrow evening against Washington.

Cam Talbot will start in net for the Rangers today and Lundqvist will get the call Sunday against the Caps.

The Senators had a two-game win streak halted Thursday by visiting Montreal. but the overtime setback did extend Ottawa's point streak to eight games (6-0-2). The Sens overcame an early 3-0 deficit to force overtime, but P.K. Subban's goal 23 seconds into the extra session lifted the Canadiens to a 5-4 triumph in Canada's capital city.

Erik Karlsson registered a goal and two assists for the Senators, who also had a four-game home winning streak snapped.

Ottawa had won four straight at home and was back at Canadian Tire Centre after a 3-0-1 road trip. The Sens are 11-10-5 on home ice this season and will head out for four straight on the road after this afternoon's contest.

Craig Anderson surrendered all five goals on just 23 shots in the loss.

Ottawa trailed 3-0 in the first period, but was able to cut the deficit to one by the end of 20 minutes and the Sens held a 4-3 edge heading into the third period. However, Montreal tied the game on a Tomas Plekanec goal with 8:58 left in the third and Subban beat Anderson from the right circle to end the contest early in the extra session.

"I thought we played the third period a little timid again and didn't establish our game and establish a forecheck," said Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean.

Today's game marks the first of three meetings between the Rangers and Sens this season. Ottawa has claimed five straight overall against New York in the regular-season series and has taken the last three tilts in Ottawa.

01/18 10:38:43 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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