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Thursday, March 24, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Senators 2, Rangers 1 (SO)

By Matt Ehalt


Recap | Box score | Photos

NEW YORK -- Can't win em all.

The Rangers' five-game win streak came to end with a 2-1 loss in the shootout to the last-place Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden.

WHAT THIS GAME MEANS: The Rangers' longest win streak of the season ended when they went 0-for-5 in the shootout. The Rangers are now just two points behind Montreal for sixth place in the Eastern Conference and four points ahead of Buffalo for seventh place. Their magic number is now 12 points to clinch a playoff berth.

THE SHOOTOUT: Both teams couldn't score on their first four shots. Ottawa's Erik Karlsson scored on Ottawa's fifth shot to get his team the victory. Ottawa's Craig Anderson was fantastic all night.

THE BIG PLAY: With the Rangers on the power play, Ottawa cleared the puck down ice right to Chris Neil, who had a breakaway against Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist made the big save to extend the game. He stopped 29 shots in regulation and overtime.

THE GALVANIZER: Brandon Prust electrified a dormant crowd with his game-tying goal just 1:45 into the third period. He scored on a slapshot from the right circle to give the Rangers some life down the stretch.

ANOTHER SLOW START: Just like last time out, the Rangers didn’t have much of a pulse for the first two periods. The building was flat, the fans weren’t into it and the Rangers never got much going offensively. They trailed 1-0 after two when Ryan Shannon scored with 4:39 left in the period.

WE DON’T GET ALONG: Rangers defenseman Michael Sauer and Ottawa forward Zack Smith nearly got into a brawl before they were both hit with unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. As soon as they both came back on the ice, they went right at each other, having a mini-fight that earned them both a spot back in the penalty box. There was also a big scrum in the final minutes that resulted in four players being penalized.

UP NEXT: The Rangers head to Boston to take on the Bruins in what could be a preview of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup. Boston is currently third in the East and the Rangers are just two points out of sixth place.