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Lundqvist sets wins mark as Rangers top Senators

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm •  Published: March 18, 2014

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Henrik Lundqvist was far from his stingy best. He was still plenty good enough to become the New York Rangers' winningest goalie.

Lundqvist made 35 saves for his 302nd career victory and New York used a four-goal second period to cruise past the Ottawa Senators 8-4 on Tuesday night.

"It's an incredible feeling," said Lundqvist, who broke a tie with Mike Richter. "A proud feeling. Being up there with those guys that have played for the organization for a lot of years and the franchise has been around for so long, it's kind of surreal. I want to keep going obviously and hopefully I have a lot of years left to keep winning.

"I've been lucky to play with a lot of great players and it's been a great ride so far."

Lundqvist has a career goals-against average of 2.27, far less than the four goals he allowed against Ottawa.

Derick Brassard, Benoit Pouliot, John Moore and Ryan McDonagh all scored in the second, with the final three coming less than four minutes apart late in the period. Brassard and Rick Nash each finished with two goals.

"In the second period, I think we really took over," Brassard said.

Mike Hoffman, Mika Zibanejad, Milan Michalek and Bobby Ryan scored for the Senators, who have lost four straight and eight of 10.

With the Rangers trailing 2-1, Brassard scored at 8:56 of the second period. Pouliot put New York ahead at 15:48 when he beat Robin Lehner after taking the puck away from Jason Spezza in the slot as the Senators captain got tangled up trying to recover a pass in his skates.

"We've been struggling scoring goals," Brassard said, "so we found a way as a group to score some goals in the second and there's where we took over."

Moore scored at 18:44 as he shot the puck toward the goal from along the boards after crossing the blue line into the Ottawa zone. McDonagh scored a minute later when he tipped a shot in past Lehner, who allowed five goals on 26 shots and was replaced by Nathan Lawson to start the third period. But Lawson allowed two goals early and was replaced by Lehner with eight minutes to play after making eight saves.

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