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The night started well for the Senators as Hoffman scored on a one-timer from the point seven minutes in. Just seconds later, they were awarded a power play when Carl Hagelin was called for hooking. Hoffman was playing the point on the power play and he got stripped of the puck at New York’s blue line by Nash, who went in and beat Lehner.

Four minutes later, Zibanejad scored with the man advantage to send the Senators into the first intermission ahead 2-1.

NOTES: Matt Kassian, Patrick Wiercioch and Craig Anderson were scratches for the Senators. Scratches for the Rangers were: Raphael Diaz, Derek Dorsett, Ryan Haggerty and Justin Faulk. … Erik Karlsson continues to lead all NHL defensemen in scoring with 61 points. He also leads the Senators in scoring. … The last time Lehner started three straight games before Tuesday was in early November. He won all three and was named the NHL first star of the week.