Capitals Storm Past Rangers, 2-1; Alex Ovechkin Scores Twice In Third Period

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The Washington Capitals defeated the New York Rangers by a score of 2-1 at Capital One Arena on Friday night. The victory, the Capitals’ seventh straight, lifted them two points ahead of the New York Islanders for first place in the East Division with a game in hand. Goaltender Vitek Vanecek made 32 saves in the win.

Capitals’ Lineup vs. Rangers

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The Capitals made no line changes from their 4-2 win over the Islanders on Tuesday. Forward Tom Wilson served the final game of a seven-game suspension and center Lars Eller missed his third consecutive game with a lower-body injury.

First Period

Forward Artemi Panarin blasted one blocker-side on Vanecek from the left dot after getting a cross-ice feed from defenseman Adam Fox, who hit the post prior to the goal, to make it 1-0 Rangers on the power play with 3:18 in the first.

The Capitals led 4-3 in takeaways, 12-9 in hits, and won 57% of the draws in the period.

The Rangers led 8-5 in shots, 7-4 in blocked shots, and had one giveaway while the Capitals had two through 20 minutes.

Each team didn’t convert on one power play in the first.

Second Period

The Capitals led 24-18 in hits, 13-6 in takeaways, won 55% of the draws, had three giveaways while the Rangers had four, and did not convert on their lone man advantage in the first 40 minutes.

The Rangers led 19-11 in shots, including 11-6 in the second period, 9-8 in blocked shots, and scored on their only power play of the first two frames.

Third Period

Captain Alex Ovechkin tapped in defenseman Justin Schultz’s rebound in front into a wide open net after goaltender Alexander Georgiev stopped Schultz with the blocker to tie it with 6:42 to go.

Ovechkin scored a similar goal in the crease off of a rebound after defenseman John Carlson’s shot from the dot was robbed by Georgiev to give the Capitals the lead with 3:33 left.

The Capitals led 32-23 in hits, 14-9 in takeaways, won 56% of the draws, and did not convert on their lone man advantage.

The Rangers led 33-18 in shots, including 14-7 in the third period, 16-9 in blocked shots, and scored once on three power plays.

Each team recorded five giveaways.

The Capitals tangle with the Rangers again at Capital One Arena on Saturday night. NBC Sports Washington will cover the game beginning at 7 PM ET.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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