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NY Rangers 2, Ottawa 1
When: 5:00 PM ET, Sunday, February 20, 2022
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
Referees: Brian Pochmara, Francois St. Laurent
Linesmen: Jonny Murray, Kory Nagy
Attendance: 5181

Igor Shesterkin made 15 of his 29 saves in the third period to earn his 50th career victory Sunday night as the visiting New York Rangers recorded a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

Shesterkin won for the 11th time in his past 13 starts and picked up his 24th win of the season. He also allowed two goals or less for the 15th time in 20 games and picked up his milestone win in his 79th career game, becoming the 14th goalie in NHL history to get at least 50 wins within his first 79 appearances.

Artemi Panarin scored a power-play goal and collected an assist for his 17th multi-point game this season as the Rangers improved to 4-0-1 in their past five games. Ryan Strome also scored and had the secondary assist on Panarin's tiebreaking goal 9:14 in the second period as the Rangers picked up their 13th win when allowing the first goal.

Shesterkin also missed an empty-net goal with 1:15 remaining when the puck sailed slightly to the left and inches from the net, then made a glove save on Connor Brown's shot with 58.5 seconds remaining.

Tim Stutzle scored for the Senators, who dropped their fifth straight home game and lost for the fifth time in seven games (2-4-1).

Ottawa goalie Filip Gustavsson made 31 saves in his first start since a 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Dec. 7.

Stutzle opened the scoring 4:52 into the game following a pair of New York turnovers when he ripped a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle over Shesterkin's right shoulder.

Strome tied it over 2 1/2 minutes later when he put the rebound of Braden Schneider's shot into the net after Panarin kept the puck alive in the offensive zone.

New York totaled 15 shots in the second and took its first lead since returning from the All-Star break when Panarin was wide open and blasted a shot from the right circle that sailed over Gustavsson's left shoulder after getting a cross-ice pass from Mika Zibanejad.

After Panarin's goal, Shesterkin protected the lead with a glove save on Artem Zub along with stops on Josh Brown and Nikita Zaitsev in the final three-plus minutes before his big final 20 minutes.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
NY Rangers   Ottawa
Artemi Panarin 2 Points Tim Stutzle 1
Artemi Panarin 1 Goals Tim Stutzle 1
Artemi Panarin 1 Assists Adam Gaudette 1
Artemi Panarin 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Igor Shesterkin .967 Save Percentage Filip Gustavsson .939
Igor Shesterkin 29 Saves Filip Gustavsson 31
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Rangers 33 2 1-2 1-1 2 24
Ottawa 30 1 0-1 1-2 4 25
Upcoming Games
  • Ottawa will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Senators have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .387 after a loss.
  • NY Rangers will play their next game at home against Washington. The Rangers have a W/L % of .625 after a win and .667 after a loss.