New York Rangers defeat Ottawa Senators, 2-1

Ilya Kovalchuk of the Thrashers came back from a foot injury in time to face the Rangers last week.

Fellow scoring machine Alex Ovechkin is expected to return to the Capitals lineup' Tuesday night at the Garden following a six-game absence because of a shoulder problem.

Such news generally is enough to have Ranger fans shaking, especially last year when defenseman Wade Redden endured an admittedly horrid first year in New York.

But John Tortorella slowly appears to b...

OTTAWA - John Tortorella had gone through his top six forwards, his clear choices for the first six rounds of Saturday's shootout against the Senators. With Round 7 looming, he looked down his bench to a much less familiar player who had missed a completely open net only minutes before.

P.A. Parenteau said he was still stunned over that miss when the coaches approached him. "We asked him, 'In Hartford, are you any good at this?' And he says, 'Yeah, actually, I'm pretty ...

Henrik Lundqvist has said he considers the period between mid-November and the New Year to be the dog days of the hockey season. But judging by how the Rangers are scoring lately, they can't afford to have Lundqvist dog it even for a second.

On the heels of Saturday's 2-1 shootout victory in Ottawa that was mostly courtesy of their goaltender's handiwork, the Rangers came home to prepare for an opponent tomorrow night that has proven far more capable of blowing a game o...