Boyle and Senators pass another shootout test
OTTAWA – Back home in Ottawa, Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle scored the shootout winner Saturday afternoon as New York defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1.
"We've used Dan a couple of times before and he's always had some pretty good moves," said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault. "Shootouts — who knows, eh? You throw guys over the boards and it worked out for us tonight."
Eight of Ottawa's 17 games have needed overtime or a shootout. The Senators are now 3-3 in shootouts and 1-1 in the 3-on-3 overtime.
"We hung with them for 65 minutes and when it comes down to the skills competition it's tough to let a point get away," Senators forward Bobby Ryan said.
The teams exchanged power-play goals in the first period. Chris Kreider scored in regulation for the Rangers, who have won eight in a row and have a point in 12 straight games.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 22 shots for his 10th victory.
In overtime, Ottawa's Mike Hoffman hit the post twice and the Rangers' Rick Nash hit the post as well.
•MILESTONE DELAYED: Alex Ovechkin failed Friday night in his attempt to pass Sergei Fedorov for most goals by a Russian-born NHL player. Since scoring his 483rd career goal on Nov. 7, Ovechkin has gone scoreless in three straight games.
•MILESTONE DELAYED II: The Islanders' Marek Zidlicky, a former Wild defenseman, was a healthy scratch Friday night in the Islanders' 4-1 victory in Anaheim, leaving him a game short of 800 played in his career. Taking his place on the blue line was 21-year-old Adam Pelech, who made his NHL debut.
•BLUE LINE CASUALTY: Detroit Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey is expected to miss nine to 12 weeks after scheduled surgery this weekend for bone chips in his right ankle.