Ottawa Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson passes the puck under pressure from New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (left) and Jeff Halpern (15) during first period
Kaspars Daugavins scored in the seventh round of the shootout and backup goalie Ben Bishop picked up the victory in relief of injured starter Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 on Thursday.
The Senators lost Anderson at 1:43 of the third period after Rangers forward Chris Kreider was tripped in front and slid into him.
No penalty was called on the play and Anderson had to be helped to the locker room.
The team said that the 31-year-old Anderson, who leads the league with a 1.57 goals-against average and .950 save percentage, has a sprained right ankle and is listed day to day.
The Senators are also dealing with injuries to defenseman Erik Karlsson (Achilles) and center Jason Spezza (back).
Daugavins appeared to mishit his winning shootout attempt that beat Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist between the legs. Kreider then needed to score to keep the game going, but he couldn't beat Bishop.
Jakob Silfverberg also scored in the shootout for Ottawa, while Ryan Callahan had the lone goal for the Rangers in the shootout.
Silfverberg and Mika Zibanejad scored for the Senators in regulation. Anderson stopped all 21 shots he faced before being replaced by Bishop, who allowed two goals on 13 shots.
Callahan and Ryan McDonagh scored goals 51 seconds apart in the third period for the Rangers. Lundqvist made 35 saves.
Trailing 1-0 but with Anderson out of the game, the Rangers tied it at 10:44 of the third period on a power-play goal by Callahan and then quickly took the lead on McDonagh's shot from the point.
Callahan's goal was his fourth of the season while McDonagh's was his second.
But Zibanejad tied the game with a power-play goal from in close at 13:30 of the third period.
This game was the first meeting between the teams since the Rangers eliminated the Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals last season.
New York got off to a good start on Thursday, but Anton Stralman was stopped by Anderson.
The Senators opened the scoring at 6:48 of the first period on a short-handed goal by Silfverberg.
The rookie and New York defenseman Michael Del Zotto raced for a loose puck in the Rangers end, but it was Silfverberg who won the race. The 22-year-old then looked up ice as if he was going to pass, but instead beat Lundqvist with a backhand into the top corner.
Del Zotto then had a great chance to tie it up on the power play, only to be stopped by a sprawling Daniel Alfredsson in the Ottawa crease.
The game slowed in the second period with neither team generating many chances. Silfverberg had a good opportunity early in the period, but Lundqvist made the save.