Ottawa Senators
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The New York Rangers came out tremendously flat on Friday night, falling to the Ottawa Senators by the final of 4-1.

  • New York Rangers 1 (9-9-2, 20 pts)
  • Ottawa Senators 4 (11-11-1, 23 pts)
  • NHL, Final, Box Score
  • Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Canada

Slapping around the best team in the NHL only to fall completely flat against an under .500 club—welcome to the New York Rangers 2019-20 season.

Just two nights after defeating the mighty Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers came out completely flat north of the border. A step slow and late to everything on the ice, David Quinn’s team came up short against the Ottawa Senators, 4-1.

They just didn’t have it all night.

Just 57 seconds into the contest, Thomas Chabot showcased sniping ability, going short-side above Henrik Lundqvist’s right shoulder for an early 1-0 lead. The goal counts as Chabot’s second of the season.

Over five minutes later, the Sens cashed in the power-play when young Logan Brown collected his first NHL goal.

Ryan Strome straying too far to the corner allowed Brown to skate into a tremendous spot on the ice, beating Lundqvist.

Speaking of No. 30, The King had a shot of surpassing Curtis Joseph for a standalone spot in career wins five-hole. Managing 35 saves on a far-too-many 39 shots, Lundqvist is stuck tied with the former Toronto Maple Leafs stud.

The sole glimmer of hope for New York happened when defenseman Jacob Trouba added his second of the campaign with just 2:40 remaining in the first period.

Trouba’s “throw it to the net” play cut the deficit to one and also helped Tim Gettinger to his first career point.

Unfortunately for the road team, the good feeling didn’t last long. Tyler Ennis’s sixth of the season, coming at the 1:11 mark of the second period put an end to the good times.

After putting themselves in trouble with unforced penalties, former Ranger Anthony Duclair put the cherry on top with a 5-on-3 tally.

Duclair finished as the game’s second star with a goal and an assist. Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson stopped 30 of the Rangers 31 shots, sniping No. 1 star honors.

The Rangers will turn it around quickly to take on the Canadiens in Montreal on Saturday night.

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