Lundqvist gets 2nd shutout in 3 games

January 10, 2009 7:37:55 PM PST
Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves to earn his second shutout in three games, and Brandon Dubinsky and Lauri Korpikoski provided the offense in the New York Rangers' 2-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night. Lundqvist, selected this week for his first NHL All-Star game, stopped 27 shots in a 4-0 victory over Pittsburgh on Monday to pick up his first shutout this season. He allowed five goals in a home loss to Montreal on Wednesday, but bounced back against Ottawa after taking a game off.

He has 19 career shutouts in four NHL seasons. Lundqvist served as the backup to Steve Valiquette on Friday night in the Rangers' 2-1 shootout loss at Buffalo.

That spoiled the outing by Senators goalie Brian Elliott, who made his second NHL start. Ottawa didn't fare any better at home after returning from a 1-6-1 road trip.

Elliott, the AHL goalie of the month in December, was called up in an effort to give the Senators a spark. He played well, but the effort was futile as the Senators had no answers against Lundqvist.

Ottawa was shut out for the fourth time this season.

Dubinsky snapped a 19-game drought without a goal when he scored his sixth of the season in the first period. Korpikoski netted his second, after returning from a recent benching, giving the Rangers insurance in the third period.

Elliott made 25 saves, including one against Petr Prucha during a breakaway early in the third. But soon after, Elliott wasn't tight enough against the post, and a quick shot from Korpikoski slipped through at 5:22.

Dubinsky scored the first goal when a rebound bounced off Korpikoski's chest right to him at the side of the net. Dubinsky swatted the puck past Elliott at 15:09.

The Senators were outshot 14-9 in the first period, but outhustled the Rangers in the second period to own a 14-4 edge.

Ottawa also had a 5-on-3 advantage for 25 seconds, but was unable to get anything going.