OTTAWA — Bobby Ryan scored the winner in the Senators' 3-0 victory over the Rangers on Sunday and helped a family get a new pet in the process.
Ryan gave Ottawa the only offense it needed with 20 seconds left in the second period, and Craig Anderson stopped 35 shots in his 32nd career shutout and third this season.
During warmups, Ryan noticed a sign held by a young boy along the glass that read: "Bobby, Dad said if you score we get a puppy."
"I felt more pressure with that than after saying what I said last game," Ryan said. "I wanted to get the poor kid a dog."
Ryan called out the Senators' poor play after their 6-3 loss to the Devils on Friday. He was happy to see his team turn things around. "When you put yourself out there and you make the comments, they're going to echo throughout the room," Ryan said. "And who am I to say it and ask these young guys to do it if I'm not doing it? So I felt like I did what I said I was going to do, and I thought everybody followed along."
After the game, the unidentified family told Canada's TSN TV network it would get a puppy and name it Bobby.
Game highlights: The Blackhawks, losers of back-to-back road games against the Lightning and Panthers last week, returned home to shut out the Blues 2-0. Corey Crawford stopped 25 shots for his league-leading seventh shutout.
Around the league: Kings forward Milan Lucic was suspended for one game for punching unsuspecting Coyotes defenseman Kevin Connauton in the face Saturday. Lucic received a game misconduct in the third period after he landed a right hook into Connauton after Connauton slashed him on the left hand. … Oilers rookie forward Connor McDavid, the first overall pick in last year's draft, was cleared for contact after not playing since Nov. 3, when he fractured his left clavicle against the Flyers.
First Period—None. Penalties—Hayes, NYR (hooking), 11:28; Z.Smith, Ott (hooking), 16:57.
Second Period—1, Ottawa, Ryan 17 (Cowen, Hoffman), 19:40. Penalties—Ryan, Ott (holding), 6:33.
Third Period—2, Ottawa, Hoffman 22 (Zibanejad), 2:40. 3, Ottawa, Pageau 11, 17:38 (en-sh). Penalties—Zuccarello, NYR (hook), 8:31; Borowiecki, Ott (slash), 16:37. Shots on Goal—N.Y. Rangers 13-8-14—35. Ottawa 12-11-10—33. PP opportunities—N.Y. Rangers 0 of 3; Ottawa 0 of 2. Goalies—N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 22-13-4 (32 shots-30 saves). Ottawa, Anderson 20-14-4 (35-35).
First Period—None. Penalties—None.
Second Period—1, Chicago, Panarin 17 (Kane, Rozsival), 15:26. Penalties—None.
Third Period—2, Chicago, Shaw 9 (Hossa, van Riemsdyk), 4:56 (pp). Penalties—Jaskin, StL (tripping), 4:14; Panarin, Chi (interference), 11:55. Shots on Goal—St. Louis 12-6-7—25. Chicago 6-11-8—25. Power-play opportunities—St. Louis 0 of 1; Chicago 1 of 1. Goalies—St. Louis, Elliott 10-6-5 (25 shots-23 saves). Chicago, Crawford 28-11-2 (25-25).
First Period—1, Carolina, Rask 12, 2:26. 2, Carolina, Lindholm 7 (penalty shot), 17:27. Penalties—Malone, Car (cross-checking), 3:17; Malone, Car (hooking), 8:56; Hudler, Cal (holding), 19:16.
Second Period—3, Carolina, Versteeg 9 (E.Staal, Hainsey), 3:50. 4, Calgary, Hudler 6 (Giordano, Colborne), 11:15. Penalties—Jordan, Car (hooking), 7:30; Versteeg, Car (high-sticking), 15:50; Frolik, Cal (slashing), 17:39.
Third Period—5, Calgary, Colborne 6 (Granlund, Brodie), 5:01. 6, Carolina, Versteeg 10 (Skinner, J.Staal), 11:13 (pp). 7, Carolina, Nordstrom 4 (J.Staal, Nestrasil), 11:45. Penalties—Jordan, Car (interference), 1:48; Jones, Cal (interference), 9:35; Wideman, Cal (hooking), 14:51; Stajan, Cal (holding), 17:07. Shots on Goal—Calgary 8-12-15—35. Carolina 14-12-10—36. Power-play opportunities—Calgary 0 of 5; Carolina 1 of 5. Goalies—Calgary, Ramo 16-15-1 (19 shots-16 saves), Hiller (3:50 second, 17-15). Carolina, Lack 8-9-3 (35-33).