Each week over the course of 10 weeks, NoVa Caps’ contributor Michael Marzzacco will take a look back at what he believes were the Top 10 Moments of the 2015-2016 Washington Capitals’ season.
#9: A Blowout at The Garden | Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers
MSG had always been a house of horrors for the Capitals. This game was the Caps second time at The Garden since falling to the Rangers in overtime of the previous year’s Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinals in seven games, another painful round two playoff exit. You can skip right on over the video below, if you wish.
The Caps fell 5-2 to the Rangers in New York back in early November, so they were looking to bring home a few points and they not only got a few points, the Caps scored six unanswered goals to silence the hostile NYR crowd.
It wasn’t easy in the beginning despite a Justin Williams goal putting the visitors up early 1-0. The Rangers answered with three consecutive goals by J.T. Miller, Chris Kreider and Dan Boyle to go up 3-1 heading into the first intermission.
I would have loved to have heard Trotz’s intermission chat with the boys in the locker room, as something significant clicked and the Capitals exploded back onto the ice and scored six unanswered goals. Evgeny Kuznetsov came right off the bench and got a rebound goal to pull Washington within one at 3-2. T.J. Oshie tied the game about a minute and a half later with a backhanded goal. At 11:03, the Caps took the lead on a power play goal by Alex Ovechkin from his favorite spot at the left circle. The Caps added another power play goal with a minute left before the second intermission giving Williams his second goal of the night. They headed off the ice up 5-3.
The Caps tallied two more goals early in the third period. Jason Chimera scored on the PK and Marcus Johansson scored just over two minutes later to round out the scoring as Washington got a 7-3 win.
In case you missed the #10 moment, take a look by clicking here.
By Michael Marzzacco