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Rangers win 5th in row

Gaborik’s 2 goals spark New York on the road

Associated Press / November 10, 2011

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Marian Gaborik scored twice, Derek Stepan had a goal and two assists, and the New York Rangers extended their winning streak to five with a 3-2 victory over the Senators last night in Ottawa.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 shots for New York (8-3-3), which hit the road for the first time since a 4-1-1 homestand. The Rangers haven’t lost since Oct. 29, when Ottawa rallied from three goals down in the third period and won, 5-4, in a shootout.

Gaborik, who extended his point streak to four games, and Stepan scored 2:17 apart to put the Rangers up, 2-1, midway through the second period.

Stepan assisted on both of Gaborik’s goals, including the Slovakian right wing’s second of the game that gave New York a short-lived, two-goal lead 8:30 into the third. Nick Foligno drew Ottawa within one 1:18 later, but the Senators’ comeback attempt fell short. Milan Michalek scored his 10th goal and Craig Anderson made 16 saves for Ottawa, which lost its fourth in a row.

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson missed his fifth straight game because of a concussion. Ottawa is 1-3-1 since losing Alfredsson, who was injured on a hit to the head by Rangers forward Wojtek Wolski in the previous meeting between the teams.

Predators 4, Ducks 2 - Rookie Craig Smith had two goals and an assist, Martin Erat scored on a second-period penalty shot, and Nashville wrapped up a five-game trip with a victory over struggling Anaheim.

Colin Wilson had a goal and an assist, and Pekka Rinne made 31 saves in the Predators’ fifth win in seven games. Nashville has beaten Anaheim twice this season in rematches of the clubs’ first-round playoff series last spring, won in six games by the Predators.

Cam Fowler and Francois Beauchemin scored for the road-weary Ducks, who have lost six straight and nine of 10 as they return from a seven-game road trip.

Lightning 2, Flyers 1 - Brett Connolly scored 2:30 into overtime to give host Tampa Bay the victory over Philadelphia.

Connolly won it after Dominic Moore skated into the Flyers’ zone and got the puck past a Philadelphia defender into the low slot, from where Connolly beat goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

Marc-Andre Bergeron netted the tying goal in the third period for the Lightning.

Scott Hartnell had the goal for the Flyers.

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