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Rangers 4, Senators 1

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OTTAWA -- The New York Rangers stayed hot on their visit to Canada's capital Saturday afternoon.

Backstopped by a 29-save performance from goalie Cam Talbot, the Rangers defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-1 at a sold out Canadian Tire Centre.

The win was New York's fifth in six games.

Scoring for the Rangers (26-21-3) were centers Brad Richards and Derek Stepan, as well as wingers Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello.

Senators defenseman Marc Methot had the only reply.

Goalie Craig Anderson was tested 31 times as the Senators (21-19-9) failed to pick up at least a point for the first time in nine games.

Nash snapped a tie when he rifled a wrist shot past Anderson on the stick side off a partial break at 12:45 mark of the second. It looked like the Rangers would take the 2-1 lead into the intermission when Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson made a blind from the back of his net that Stepan immediately fired past Anderson 12 seconds from the intermission.

Zuccarello stripped Senators center Jason Spezza then went in to score on a breakaway for the only goal of the third.

The Senators opened the scoring when Methot's slap shot from the point beat Talbot at 3:37 of the first period. But they ran into penalty trouble near the midway mark of the frame and it cost them. With wingers Clarke MacArthur and Erik Condra in the box to give the Rangers a 5-on-3 advantage, Richards took a pass from Stepan and beat Anderson from a sharp angle.

The score remained 1-1, with the Rangers up 16-6 on the shot clock, as the buzzer sounded to end the first.

NOTES: Rangers D Justin Faulk, a U.S. Olympian, was scratched from the lineup for the 10th consecutive game. ... Senators C Kyle Turris entered the day on a four-game goal scoring streak. ... Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, a former assistant with the Senators, was teammates of Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean with the 1977-78 Hull Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. ... Senators RW Chris Neil, who returned to the line up after missing six games with a hamstring injury, fell to ninth among the league leaders in the hits category during his absence. Neil entered Saturday second on the team with 146, trailing LW Colin Greening, whose 155 hits had him fifth in the NHL. ... The second- period goal by Rangers LW Rick Nash was his fifth in the last seven games.
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