Ottawa beats Rangers to end skid

November 22, 2008 3:48:50 PM PST
Daniel Alfredsson and Jesse Winchester scored late in the second period and the Ottawa Senators beat the New York Rangers 4-1 on Saturday to end a six-game skid. Jason Spezza and Nick Foligno also scored for the Senators, who got their first win since a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia on Nov.

6. Alex Auld stopped 18 shots.

Steve Valiquette made 32 saves and Markus Naslund scored his seventh goal of the season for the Rangers, who have lost nine of their last 11 in Ottawa.

The Senators took control of the game with two goals in a span of 82 seconds late in the second. Winchester beat Valiquette with just over two minutes remaining for his second career goal, and Alfredsson made it 3-0 with his fifth of the season at 19:15.

Wade Redden, returning to Ottawa for the first time since signing with the Rangers in the offseason, helped set up Naslund's wrister early in the final period, but Foligno tipped Jarkko Ruutu's shot past Valiquette to make it 4-1 at 10:48.

Redden was greeted with a video tribute at the 6-minute mark of the first period, and the crowd of 19,619 at Scotiabank Place gave the defenseman a standing ovation after the retrospective was finished. Redden spent 11 years in Ottawa before joining New York.

Spezza gave the Senators a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal 5 minutes into the game. Dany Heatley broke through the Rangers' defense to set up Spezza with a great pass.


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