The New York Rangers extended their winning streak to five with a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night. Marian Gaborik had two goals, Derek Stepan had a goal and two assists, and Anisimov was credited for two assists. While Gaborik and Stepan will draw most of the headlines it was Anisimov who was the critical piece to all three goals the line generated.
The Senators took the lead 8:39 into the second period Milan Michalek converted on a 3-on-2 with a beautiful shot over Lundqvist shoulder. The Rangers responded with the tying goal just 42 seconds later when Stepan found Gaborik for the practically open net. Michael Sauer started the play with a strong play in the neutral zone and then Artem Anisimov’s hustle on the forecheck caused a turnover by Sergei Gonchar to Stepan.
Stepan would give the Rangers the lead 2:17 later when his pressure on David Runblad led to a chance for Anisimov. After Anderson stopped Anisimov, Stepan slid the loose puck in on the backhand.
Gaborik picked up his second of the game 8:30 into the third with a beautiful shot over Anderson’s shoulder. Once again it was Anisimov making the smart play defensively that ultimately created the offensive chance. The goal gave the Rangers a cushion they would need as Nick Foligno scored to cut it to 3-2 with 10:12 left.
- Overall the Rangers were outplayed, but when you have a line going like the top line was tonight, and has been, you can steal these types of games.