Rangers 3, Senators 2

Dave Buscema, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

NEW YORK -- Jakob Silfverberg's late goal helped the Ottawa Senators squeeze past the New York Rangers 3-2 in a rough, physical game at Madison Square Garden on Friday night.
The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the Senators (13-8-4) in the teams' first matchup at the Garden since the Rangers' Game 7 victory in the first round of last year's playoffs.
Rick Nash scored a goal in his fifth straight game for the Rangers (12-9-2), who lost for the first time in that span. Brad Richards also scored for New York, which lost a chance to tie the Senators for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
The teams, which engaged in an extended first-period fight between the Rangers' Micheal Haley and the Senators' Chris Phillips, combined for 26 penalty minutes, got in several shoving matches in the third.
Ottawa finally settled down to score the game-winner on Silfverberg's fourth goal of the season, on a rebound from in close to Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist's left. Eric Gryba and Phillips got assists as the Senators, who had blown a 2-0 first-period lead, went up 3-2 with 4:41 left.
Zack Smith and Patrick Wiercioch also scored for Ottawa, with Sergei Gonchar getting two assists. Robin Lehner made 33 saves for the Senators while Lundqvist had 36 stops for the Rangers, who had rallied to tie the game in the first before the teams went scoreless in the second.
Down 2-1 in the second period, Haley slammed Senators center Jim O'Brien to the ice. Phillips took exception, going after the Rangers' bruiser and the pair got into a prolonged bout along the boards at the 13:49 mark.
When they were finally separated, Phillips was assessed two minutes each for instigating and instigating with a visor, five minutes for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct penalty, keeping him off the ice until the 15:37 mark of the second period.
Haley was given two minutes for charging and five minutes for fighting.
The Rangers weren't able to convert on the ensuing power play, but tied the game a little more than four minutes later. Hagelin stole the puck along the boards, then fed Richards on the left wing, where Richards nailed a slap shot top shelf to tie it 2-2 at 17:39 of the second.
Smith's deflection of Gonchar's shot skipped past Lundqivst's right to give Ottawa a 1-0 lead at 6:18 of the first. Four-and-a-half minutes later, the Senators took a 2-0 lead on a power-play goal by Wiercioch. The Senators defenseman nailed a slap shot through a crowd at 10:50 of the first to put New York down two.
But, as he has through his hot streak recently, Nash responded for the Rangers, knocking in a wrist shot 13 seconds later to make it 2-1. It was the first goal this year Nash did not score in the third period.
Notes: Richards was back in the lineup after a two-game absence following the brutal hit by Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta that sent him headfirst into the boards Sunday. Richards had returned to that game after a few minutes, but sat out the next two. ... Rangers center Brian Boyle was a scratch for the first time since he was a healthy scratch for three games in the middle of last month. ... Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, who was struck in the right eye by a puck Tuesday night, missed his second straight game and it's uncertain when he will return. ... Senators forward Dave Dziurynski, who sustained a concussion from the knockout punch delivered by the Toronto Maple Leafs' Frazer McLaren during their fight Wednesday night, was out. O'Brien replaced him in the lineup. ... The Senators entered the game having lost nine of their past 10 road games.

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