P.A. Parenteau found the perfect way to redeem himself for missing a wide open net late in the third period by notching the game-winner for the Rangers in the shootout, giving his team a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.
Parenteau was summoned from the Hartford Wolfpack on Thursday due to the injuries to Chris Drury and Brandon Dubinsky. Parenteau told MSG's John Giannone that he wants to make this callup permanent, his goal today is definitely a good start.
Henrik Lundqvist was sharp for the Rangers, making 35 saves, and stopping five of seven shots in the shootout.
Vinny Prospal scored the first shorthanded goal of his career, converting a pass from Marian Gaborik in the second period to tie the game at one. Brian Lee had put the Sens on the board earlier in the period with his second goal of the season.
Brian Elliot, starting in goal for the Senators in place of the struggling Pascal Leclaire, was also strong in this game, making 27 saves.
A growing problem for the Rangers continues to be the lack of offense from players not named Gaborik or Prospal. If the Rangers are to make it through their current shortage at center, players like Ryan Callahan and Chris Higgins need to pick up their game. Higgins was making his first start at center for the Rangers, and his play seemed to get stronger as the game moved along.
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Notes from the Rangers:
- The Blueshirts defeated the Ottawa Senators, 2-1, in the shootout today at Scotiabank Place; it was the Rangers first shootout of the season.
- The Rangers improved to 11-8-1 overall, including a 5-5-1 mark on the road.
- New York is now 2-0-0 against Ottawa this season, having won 5-2 over the Senators in their home opener on Oct. 3 at MSG; the Rangers have now won their last two games at Scotiabank Place, dating back to last season.
- After falling behind early in the second period, Vinny Prospal tallied a shorthanded goal later in the frame to tie the score at one goal apiece; it was the Rangers third shorthanded goal of the season, and first since Dan Girardi's shorthanded tally on Oct. 11.
- The Rangers' three shorthanded goals tied them for second in the league, one behind Ottawa (four) and tied with Florida, Columbus, Atlanta, and Colorado.
- Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves and stopped five of seven shootout attempts to record his ninth win of the season; he improved his career shootout record to 19-12 with a .781% (100-128) save percentage.
- Vinny Prospal finished with one goal and a game-high seven shots in 22:59 of icetime; he also converted his shootout attempt and won a team-high 13 faceoffs (13-24, 54%).
- Marian Gaborik recorded the only assist on Prospal's shorthanded tally to extend his assist/point streak to four games (two goals and six points); he currently ranks second in the league in scoring with 25 points.
- P.A. Parenteau notched the game-deciding goal in the seventh round of the shootout and logged 14:14 of icetime after being recalled from Hartford (AHL) yesterday.
- Ales Kotalik converted his shootout attempt, and now owns a 53.8% (21-39) success rate all-time in shootouts.
- The Blueshirts practice schedule for tomorrow, November 15, is 12:00 p.m. at the MSG Training Center.
- The Rangers return to action on Tuesday, November 17, when they will face-off against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.); the game will be nationally televised on Versus.