OTTAWA, CANADA - MARCH 04: Francis Lessard #49 of the Ottawa Senators tries to screen Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers while battling with Matt Gilroy #97 of the New York Rangers during a game at Scotiabank Place on March 4, 2011 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
The New York Rangers dropped their second straight game on Thursday, while the Florida Panthers were blanked.
The Rangers, still ahead of the pack in the Eastern Conference, took their second straight loss on Thursday, falling 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators. Nick Foligno and Jason Spezza scored in the Senators' victory.
Southeast Division leader Florida came into the night with a chance to prove itself against the powerful Philadelphia Flyers. That didn't happen: Philly drubbed the Panthers 5-0, with Scott Hartnell and Jaromir Jagr both netting goals.
Fortunately for the Panthers, Vancouver kept the Winnipeg Jets at bay with a 3-2 win. The Canucks' victory means the Panthers are still two points ahead of both Winnipeg and the Washington Capitals.
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