New York Rangers suffer frustrating loss to Derick Brassard, Ottawa Senators (Highlights)
Nov 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone (61) clears the puck in front of New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers were shutout for the first time this season at Madison Square Garden at the hands of the Ottawa Senators.

  • New York Rangers 0 (15-7-1, 31 pts)
  • Ottawa Senators 2 (14-7-1, 29 pts)
  • NHL, Final, Box Score
  • Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

It was the first time all season long that the NHL’s most dangerous scoring hockey squad had been shutout. And it was a former face waltzing into Madison Square Garden while helping accomplish the feat.

Derick Brassard was that former face and the Ottawa Senators were that team to get it done, knocking off the New York Rangers by a final of 2-0.

Brass, of course, received exactly what was owed to him for his time in New York:

The Sens — who are now a defend first team thanks to new head coach Guy Boucher — played marvelous defense all night. They suffocated the Blueshirts while getting sticks and shin pads in the lane of every New York shot and pass. The Rangers did, however, outshoot the Senators by a final count of 33 to 20. But it was the Sens who capitalized on their chances.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau tallied his third of the season just 1:54 into the second period. Zack Smith and Tom Pyatt represented the two assists on the goal.

Then, at the 16:11 mark of the very same period, Mark Stone made it 2-0 on the power play.

Antti Raanta received the start and stopped just 18-of-20 shots. On the other end, Craig Anderson was flawless with 33 saves while picking up the win.

For the first time this season, it appeared as though another team effectively slowed down New York in the neutral zone. The slight interference plays attempted to slow down the Rangers speed worked brilliantly.

The Rangers are now 2-3-1 in their last six and have been defeated at Madison Square Garden in four straight. Next up will be the Carolina Hurricanes in Manhattan on Tuesday night.

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