Dan Boyle nets shootout winner as Rangers win again

By on November 14, 2015

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 3:55 PM

The Rangers have now won 8 straight games as the beat the Ottawa Senators in OT.Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

The Rangers have now won 8 straight games as the beat the Ottawa Senators in OT.

OTTAWA – A hockey game felt trivial Saturday afternoon, but the NHL, Ottawa Senators and Rangers were aware of their place in all of this.

Prior to their afternoon matinee at the Canadian Tire Center, a 2-1 Rangers shootout win, the Senators held a moment of silence, carried France’s flag onto the ice along with the American and Canadian colors, and played the French national anthem as the players and fans stood solemnly in the dark.

Then they dropped the puck and tried to enjoy a freedom no one in Canada’s capital took for granted.

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“Obviously everybody’s aware of the circumstances and it is touching and difficult,” said Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, who makes his offseason home in nearby Hull, Quebec. “But life moves on and you do what you gotta do, and you hope that people take care of that.”

In their eighth straight win, Dan Boyle scored the shootout winner, as Mats Zuccarello finished and Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves and two more stops in the shootout. Meanwhile, Chris Kreider factored into everything for the Rangers (13-2-2, 28 points).

He scored their only goal, received 17 minutes worth of penalties for retaliating against Senators center Zack Smith for a headshot to teammate Derek Stepan; and then in OT, Kreider made one of the best defensive plays of his career, lifting Mark Stone’s stick on a break-in after Kevin Hayes had fallen down.

All of the regulation scoring happened in the first period on power plays.

Chris Kreider ends up with 17 minutes worth of penalties after going after Ottawa's Zack Smith.Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

Chris Kreider ends up with 17 minutes worth of penalties after going after Ottawa’s Zack Smith.

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Kreider scored his third goal of the season, and his second in four games, just 2:31 in for the 1-0 lead. He tipped home a Kevin Hayes point shot off a Keith Yandle second assist, after Dan Boyle and Oscar Lindberg had retrieved a rebound. Kreider scored even though he had been hit in the right skate by a Yandle shot and hobbled only 10 seconds earlier

Ottawa evened it up at one apiece, however, when top defenseman Erik Karlsson ripped home a power play goal at 6:33 on a five-on-two odd-man rush for the Senators (8-5-4, 20 points).

Veteran forward Dominic Moore skated in his 700th career NHL game, returning after two consecutive healthy scratches to replace Emerson Etem on the fourth-line left wing, while center Derick Brassard skated in his 500th career NHL match.

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The Rangers planned to fly immediately home to New York, where they will host the Toronto Maple Leafs (4-8-4, 12) Sunday night at the Garden. Backup goalie Antti Raanta is expected to make his fourth start of the season.

Rookie defenseman Dylan McIlrath could see his fourth start of the season in Vigneault’s depth defense rotation, and Etem may even come back in after veteran Jarret Stoll again was a step behind and whistled for two penalties Saturday.

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