Their season opener, played out at Madison Square Garden didn’t end up that good for the Ottawa Senators. The New York Rangers beat the Sens 5-2 with Brandon Dubinsky scoring two goals. Marian Gaborik scored for a second straight game, a goal that padded the Rangers lead to 4-1. The Rangers rebounded from a 3-2 loss in Pittsburgh on Friday night in their opener with the rare home win over the Senators, 16-4-1 in their previous 21 visits to Madison Square Garden.
Daniel Alfreddson and Peter Regin scored in the Senators’ season opener. Pascal Leclaire, making his first start since undergoing ankle surgery last December, made 29 saves in his Ottawa debut. Leclaire was solid in the first period, despite NY having 3 power plays to Ottawa’s none. On to game two.