With the election finally overwith, the results are still being discussed and debated to this day.
The New York Rangers presumably would like a recount on Sunday’s event, a 2-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators.
Like many before them, the Rangers were victimized by the play of Craig Anderson. Maker of 33 saves, stopping all the Rangers had to offer, Anderson continued his dominance at Madison Square Garden, improving to 7-1-1 all-time at The World’s Most Famous Arena, earning his third shutout at MSG in the process. He improved to 12-4-1 on the year, likewise earning his third shutout of the season. This marked the first time the Rangers (15-7-1) have been shutout this season. JT Miller, Mats Zuccarello, and Michael Grabner led the way with their best efforts for the Rangers with five shots on net each.
Ottawa (14-7-1) got all the offense they needed in the second period, when Jean Gabriel-Pageau put in his third goal of the season to provide all the offense necessary. In the latter stages, Mark Stone put in his sixth as insurance, accounting for the 2-0 margin. Ottawa also took care of business when they got into trouble, forcing the Rangers to go fruitless on four power plays.
Antti Raanta was charged with his first loss of the season for the Rangers, making 18 saves in defeat.
The Rangers welcomed back fan favorite Derek Brassard, who was traded to Ottawa in the offseason in a deal where the Rangers received Mika Zibanejad, who is currently rehabbing an injury. Brassard was honored with a video tribute during the game, and was warmly received by the Garden faithful.
The Rangers have hit their first snag of the season, having gones winless in four of their past six games. They will look to strike paynet again when they play their final November game of the season, taking on the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night (7:00, MSG).
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490