What it means: A pair of goals from Jason Spezza and phenomenal 34-save shutout by goaltender Craig Anderson fueled the Senators to a 3-0 win over the Rangers. Snapping the Rangers' five-game winning streak, the Senators earned their second win at Madison Square Garden this season.
Pair for Spezza: Jason Spezza tallied his second goal of the night, following up to bang home his own rebound for a power-play marker at 15:33 in the third.
Make it two: All-Star starter Milan Michalek scored on a Senators rush to extend Ottawa's lead 2-0 at 13:58 of the third and his own point streak to four games. Defenseman Erik Karlsson, who returned after missing Tuesday's game with an upper body injury, recorded an assist on the play.
Spezza shoots, scores: After almost 30 minutes of scoreless hockey, Jason Spezza tallied his first of two goals, ripping a wrist shot from the left circle to give the Senators a 1-0 lead at 8:54 in the second.
All shook up: With his team trailing Ottawa by a goal in the second, coach John Tortorella juggled his lines looking for an offensive spark. He sat Artem Anisimov and gave captain Ryan Callahan a turn with first-liners Derek Stepan and Marian Gaborik, and moved Brandon Prust on a line with Wojtek Wolski and Brad Richards.
Dinged-up Dubinsky: Brandon Dubinsky sat out Thursday’s game with a sore shoulder, but is considered “day-to-day.” After an off-ice workout Thursday, Dubinsky said all x-rays on his right shoulder came back clear and that the injury is “nothing serious.” Tortorella said the 25-year-old forward is “sore.” “We’re trying to get him healthy so it doesn’t turn into a long-term thing.”
Welcome back Wolski: Wolski played for the first time since November 3, skating on a line with Richards and Callahan. Wolski, who replaced Dubinsky in the lineup, missed over two months after undergoing sports hernia surgery.
Save of the game: Craig Anderson was terrific for the Senators, but the save of the game may have come from Rangers' defenseman Michael Del Zotto. With the Rangers down 1-0 in the third, Del Zotto crashed the crease to gobble up a shot by Erik Kondra on an empty net.
Up next: Rangers at Candiens, Saturday at 7 p.m.