Second Period Fire: Wilson, Ovechkin Give Capitals 3-0 Lead Over Rangers

After a scoreless first frame, the Washington Capitals brought the fire in the second period of Sunday’s matinee game against the New York Rangers at Capital One Arena. Forward Tom Wilson would open today’s scoring, followed by captain Alex Ovechkin 1:46 later. Wilson would pot another to give the Capitals a 3-0 lead.

Off a rebound of forward Jakub Vrana, Wilson gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead 10:43 into the middle frame. The goal marked his eighth of the season and first from serving a seven-game suspension. Vrana picked up his 12th assist of the season.

Ovechkin netted his 18th goal of the season 1:46 later, extending the Capitals’ lead to 2-0. Forward T.J. Oshie had the helper, which is his 15th of the season.

He is now eight goals shy of surpassing Marcel Dionne (731g) for fifth place on the NHL’s all-time list.

Over an 82-game season, Oshie would be on pace for 38 assists, which would be one shy of his career-high set in 2013-14 and his highest total as a Capital.

The Capitals weren’t done. Wilson scored his second goal of the game and ninth of the season to give his team a 3-0 lead heading into the third period. Center Nicklas Backstrom and Oshie assisted.

This marks Wilson’s second multi-goal game of the season and eighth of his career. Backstrom’s assist on the goal is his team-leading 23rd assist of the season. Oshie also picked up his second assist of the game.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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