Final SO

Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Sunday, December 5th
Game 2: Thursday, December 9th
Game 3: Friday, March 4th
Game 4: Thursday, March 24th

Senators 2

(28-37-9, 65 pts)

Rangers 1

(40-30-5, 85 pts)

7:00 PM ET, March 24, 2011

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

1 2 3 SO T
OTT 0 1 0 12
NYR 0 0 1 01

C. Anderson (Senators - G): Saves: 29, Save Pct.: .967

E. Karlsson (Senators - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

H. Lundqvist (Rangers - G): Saves: 29, Save Pct.: .967

Senators-Rangers Preview


After narrowly missing out on the playoffs in 2009-10, Henrik Lundqvist is doing his best to make sure the New York Rangers reach the postseason.

If his most recent effort is any indication, the Rangers won't have much to worry about.

Coming off his league-leading 10th shutout, Lundqvist could help New York continue its season-best winning streak when it hosts the Eastern Conference-worst Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

The seventh-place Rangers (40-30-4), who missed out on the playoffs after falling to Philadelphia 2-1 in a shootout on the last day of the 2009-10 season, remained three points ahead of eighth-place Buffalo in the East with a 1-0 victory over Florida on Tuesday.

New York has won a season-best five in a row and seven of eight thanks in large part to Lundqvist, who has started each of those games and posted a 1.98 goals-against average.

"I keep reminding myself every day that last year was one point," said Lundqvist, who made 22 saves against the Panthers. "I don't want to be there and I don't think anyone else wants to be there. This is a game that could be the difference."

Since losing a season-worst four straight at home, Lundqvist has won a season-high four in a row at Madison Square Garden while recording two shutouts and a 1.50 GAA. He is 7-3-0 with a 1.39 GAA in his last 10 starts versus the Senators.

"You know, I think he's certainly under appreciated and I don't think he gets the credit he deserves," center Brandon Dubinsky told the Rangers' official website.

"To have 10 shutouts in a season is a great feat, let alone with a 10th of the season left. He's had to be unreal to keep us where we're at. In my eyes, and I've shot on all the goalies, he's the best in the league."

Dubinsky, who leads the team with 29 assists and 51 points, has two goals and four assists over a four-game point streak. He scored the lone goal Tuesday.

Right wing Ryan Callahan assisted on that goal, and has seven goals and seven assists in his last eight games.

The Rangers have taken two straight and five of seven from Ottawa. New York, though, has been outscored 30-17 and lost eight of 10 in the series at home with Lundqvist in net.

The Senators (27-37-9) come into New York having won nine of 15 while limiting opponents to two power-play goals in 52 opportunities.

Ottawa jumped out to a 2-0 lead Tuesday night, killed all three of its penalties, and outshot Carolina 39-24 but ultimately fell 4-3.

"Our guys played hard, they played well," coach Cory Clouston said. "I'm not upset with the performance, with the effort (or) with the intelligence of our play."

Since winning six of seven on the road, the Senators have allowed 10 goals en route to dropping back-to-back games as the visiting team.

Curtis McElhinney made 20 saves against the Hurricanes in dropping to 3-1-0 with a 1.98 GAA in four starts since being acquired from Anaheim prior to the trade deadline.

Left wing Milan Michalek, tied for the team lead with 16 goals, has missed 11 straight games with a broken foot but could return Thursday.

Center Jason Spezza notched two assists Tuesday to give him four goals and six assists in his last six games.