OTTAWA — Bobby Ryan had a goal and an assist and Craig Anderson made 27 saves to help the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 win against the New York Rangers at Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday, ending the Senators’ five-game losing streak (0-4-1).
Michael Grabner and Pavel Buchnevich scored for the Rangers (16-12-3), who lost their second in a row and third in four games (1-2-1). Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves and became the 15th goaltender in NHL history to make 20,000 saves.
Ryan said the win helped ease the sting of a seven-game road trip in which the Senators went 1-5-1 and concluded with a 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.
“Our expectations were to do better on the trip,” Ryan said. “We let some points get away. To come back and regroup less than 24 hours after getting home from a 15-day trip and to get two points at home is huge.
“I think when that final buzzer went, I think there was a sigh from a lot of people, fans included. It was a good feeling. They are a good team over there, and a good goaltender, so it was a good confidence boost for us.”
Smith scored his second goal of the season eight seconds into the third period when he took a pass from below the goal line from Tom Pyatt and beat Lundqvist to make it 3-1. Smith lost the draw to J.T. Miller, but Pyatt got the puck and skated down the left wing before passing to Smith in front.
“I was rewarded for losing the draw,” Smith said. “Tom did the rest. He grinded it out down the boards and put the pass right on my tape.”
Said Miller, “You can’t set the tone for the period when you’re down a goal like that. That’s something that doesn’t happen often. It’s kind of a weird play. You wish it didn’t happen.”
Forward Chris Kreider did the work on Buchnevich’s goal at 4:40 to make it 3-2, bursting past Ottawa defenseman Johnny Oduya on the right-wing boards to set up Buchnevich’s 11th of the season.
Ryan gave the Senators a 1-0 lead at 4:01 of the first period, scoring his second of the season on a pass from Mark Stone.
Ceci scored for the second consecutive game when he took a pass from Matt Duchene and took a shot that went past Lundqvist’s glove, with Ryan providing traffic in front, at 15:08 to make it 2-1.
“We gave up an early goal in the first, we gave up an early goal in the third,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We know this team well, we know how they defend. There are some plays in front of you that you have to make, and their first two goals we didn’t make the plays through the neutral zone and they came back to make us pay. There’s no doubt that goal early in the third really hurt us.”
Goal of the game
Ceci’s goal at 15:08 of the second period.
Save of the game
Anderson’s save on Ryan McDonagh with 2:43 remaining in the third period.
Highlight of the game
Smith’s goal eight seconds into the third period.
They said it
“Every time you play this team it’s about getting through the neutral zone and they created a little more [number of] turnovers than we want when we play this team.” — Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh
“A win kind of fixes everything. It puts everyone in a good mood and you can live with mistakes a lot easier then when you lose.” — Senators goaltender Craig Anderson
Need to know
Defenseman Marc Staal played his 720th game with the Rangers, passing Andy Bathgate for 11th place. … Ceci led the Senators with five shots on goal, 10 shot attempts and six hits.
Rangers: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVA Sports, MSG, FS-W, NHL.TV)
Senators: Host the Montreal Canadiens in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV)