Thomas Chabot scored less than a minute into the game Friday night to give the host Ottawa Senators a lead they’d never relinquish in a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers.
Logan Brown, Tyler Ennis and Anthony Duclair also scored for the surging Senators, who have won three straight and are 10-5-0 since a 1-6-1 start. Goalie Anders Nilsson made 30 saves.
Jacob Trouba scored for the Rangers, who have lost three of four — a span in which their only win came against the NHL-leading Washington Capitals. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist recorded 35 saves.
The Senators jumped out right away when Chabot’s rebound of Brady Tkachuk’s shot rang off the top post and into the net just 57 seconds after the opening faceoff.
The Senators used the top post again fewer than six minutes later. Jean-Gabriel Pageau won a battle for the puck along the boards near the Rangers’ net and passed to Brown, who beat Lundqvist for his first NHL goal at the 6:32 mark. Brown, 21, was playing in his 15th NHL game.
The Rangers rode a faceoff win to Trouba’s goal with 2:40 left in the opening period. Greg McKegg wrested the puck away from Chris Tierney to begin a sequence that ended when Trouba’s slap shot sailed under the stick of a screened Nilsson, who looked in both directions after the puck flew by him.
A Rangers turnover in the neutral zone led to an impressive individual effort by Ennis early in the second period. Ennis, skating up the left side, outraced Filip Chytil, who was trying to poke the puck free. Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei then tried to check Ennis, who reached around Skjei and poked the puck home a mere 1:11 into the period.
The Senators scored their final goal on a five-on-three power play generated when the Rangers were whistled for having too many men on the ice before Trouba incurred a delay-of-game penalty. With five seconds left on the initial penalty, Duclair’s shot from between the faceoff circles sailed past Lundqvist.
Duclair has four goals in his past four games.
—Field Level Media