OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves to become the Rangers’ winningest goalie and New York used a four-goal second period to cruise past the Ottawa Senators 8-4 on Tuesday night.
Derick Brassard, Benoit Pouliot, John Moore and Ryan McDonagh all scored in the second, with the final three coming less than four minutes apart late in the period. Brassard and Rick Nash each finished with two goals.
Lundqvist, who made 16 of his saves in the second period, has 302 victories — one more than Mike Richter. He is also one shutout shy of 50 for his career.
Mike Hoffman, Mika Zibanejad, Milan Michalek and Bobby Ryan scored for the Senators, who have lost four straight and eight of 10.
With the Rangers trailing 2-1, Brassard scored at 8:56 of the second period. Pouliot put New York ahead at 15:48 when he beat Robin Lehner after taking the puck away from Jason Spezza in the slot as the Senators captain got tangled up trying to recover a pass in his skates.
Moore scored at 18:44 as he shot the puck toward the goal from along the boards after crossing the blue line into the Ottawa zone. McDonagh was credited with a goal a minute later to complete the Rangers’ four-goal outburst in the period.
Lehner, who allowed five goals on 26 shots, was replaced by Nathan Lawson to start the third period. But Lawson allowed two goals early and was replaced by Lehner with eight minutes to play after making eight saves.
Nash scored a short-handed goal in the first period and added an empty-netter, and the Rangers also got a goal from Derek Stepan.
With just 14 games remaining in the regular season, the Senators trail the Rangers by nine points for the final playoff spot and there are three other teams between the clubs.
The night started well for the Senators as Hoffman scored on a one-timer from the point seven minutes in. Just seconds later, they were awarded a power play when Carl Hagelin was called for hooking. Hoffman was playing the point on the power play and he got stripped of the puck at New York’s blue line by Nash, who went in and beat Lehner.
Four minutes later, Zibanejad scored with the man advantage to send the Senators into the first intermission ahead 2-1.
NOTES: Matt Kassian, Patrick Wiercioch and Craig Anderson were scratches for the Senators. Scratches for the Rangers were: Raphael Diaz, Derek Dorsett, Ryan Haggerty and Justin Faulk. … Erik Karlsson continues to lead all NHL defensemen in scoring with 61 points. He also leads the Senators in scoring. … The last time Lehner started three straight games before Tuesday was in early November. He won all three and was named the NHL first star of the week.
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