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Rangers extend roll to five consecutive

Marian Gaborik fist-bumps his way down the Rangers bench after his second-period goal helps the Rangers capture their fifth victory in a row. For Gaborik, it was his fourth game in a row in which he registered a point.

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Marian Gaborik fist-bumps his way down the Rangers bench after his second-period goal helps the Rangers capture their fifth victory in a row. For Gaborik, it was his fourth game in a row in which he registered a point.

OTTAWA — Marian Gaborik scored twice, Derek Stepan had a goal and two assists, and the Rangers extended their winning streak to five with a 3-2 victory over the Senators on Wednesday night.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 shots for New York (8-3-3), which hit the road for the first time since a 4-1-1 homestand. The Rangers haven't lost since Oct. 29 when Ottawa rallied from three goals down in the third period and won 5-4 in a shootout.

Gaborik, who extended his point streak to four games, and Stepan scored 2:17 apart to put the Rangers up 2-1 midway through the second period.

Stepan assisted on both of Gaborik's goals, including the Slovakian right wing's second of the game that gave New York a short-lived, two-goal lead 8:30 into the third. Artem Anisimov earned his second assist of the game on the goal.

The line combined for seven points.

"I think we feel pretty good out there," Gaborik said. "Arty and Step are playing with a lot of confidence. We scored a couple of goals off great forechecks by those guys. Hopefully we can keep it up."

Nick Foligno drew Ottawa within one 1:18 later, but the Senators' comeback attempt fell short. Milan Michalek scored his 10th goal and Craig Anderson made 16 saves for Ottawa, which lost its fourth in a row.

Ottawa is 1-3-1 since losing captain Daniel Alfredsson, who was injured on a hit to the head by Rangers forward Wojtek Wolski in the previous meeting between the teams.

Around the league: Rangers forward Mike Rupp, 31, is expected to miss four to six weeks after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The center, who has played in only half of New York's 14 games this season, has sat out seven games since his appearance Oct. 24 at Winnipeg. Rupp has only one point in seven games — a winning goal at Vancouver on Oct. 18. … The Blue Jackets activated goaltender Mark Dekanich off the injured list and assigned him and wing Cam Atkinson to the club's AHL affiliate in Springfield, Mass.

Rangers 0 2 1 3
at Senators 0 1 1 2

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesAvery, NYR, major (fighting), 2:50; Konopka, Ott, major (fighting), 2:50.

Second Period1, Ottawa, Michalek 10 (Spezza, Karlsson), 8:39. 2, N.Y. Rangers, Gaborik 8 (Stepan), 9:21. 3, N.Y. Rangers, Stepan 3 (Anisimov), 11:38. PenaltiesDeveaux, NYR, major (fighting), 13:16; Cowen, Ott, major (fighting), 13:16; Dubinsky, NYR (holding), 14:35; Greening, Ott (interference), 15:00.

Third Period4, N.Y. Rangers, Gaborik 9 (Stepan, Anisimov), 8:30. 5, Ottawa, Foligno 4 (Da Costa, Butler), 9:48. PenaltiesEminger, NYR (kneeing), 1:59. Shots on GoalN.Y. Rangers 4-7-8—19. Ottawa 11-10-10—31. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Rangers 0 of 1; Ottawa 0 of 2. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 5-3-3 (31 shots-29 saves). Ottawa, Anderson 6-5-1 (19-16). A19,543 (19,153). T2:20.

Rangers extend roll to five consecutive 11/09/11 [Last modified: Thursday, November 10, 2011 12:31am]
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