The New York Rangers downed the Washington Capitals, 4-1 Thursday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. The loss drops the Capitals record to 28-16-9 (65 points) on the season.
The Rangers tallied scores from Mika Zibanejad in the first period and Alexis Lafreniere in the second period for a 2-0 lead at the second intermission. They would add a goal from Kris Kreider early in the third period and a tally from Barclay Goodrow midway through the frame for a 4-0 lead. The Capitals would finally get on the board with a late goal from Alex Ovechkin for the 4-1 fianl.
Ilya Samsonov (17-7-0-3, 2.84 GAA, .906 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Capitals. Igor Shesterkin (24-5-0-3, 2.43 GAA, .925 sv%) got the start in goal for the Rangers. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:
#Caps‘ lines/pairs in NYC:
8-Ovechkin, 92-Kuznetsov, 73-Sheary
91-Snively, 19-Backstrom, 43-Wilson
24-McMichael, 20-Eller, 77-Oshie
62-Hagelin, 26-Dowd, 21-Hathaway
57-van Riemsdyk, 2-Schultz
Samsonov vs. Shesterkin. #CapsRangers
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Scratches: Daniel Sprong, Vitek Vanecek.
Re-assigned: Brett Leason was re-assigned to Hershey earlier in the day.
The Rangers opened the scoring with a shot from Mika Zibanejad (20) at 12:57 of the first period. Alexis Lafreniere (4) and Zac Jones (2) had the helpers.
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That would be it for the first, as the Rangers held a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.
The Capitals led in shot attempts, 18-13, scoring chances 9-7, with high-danger opportunities tied, 4-4. The Rangers led in expected goals .87 to .63 after 20 minutes of play.
The Rangers would make it 2-0 with a tally late in the middle frame. Alexis Lafreniere (11) notched the Rangers second goal with 1:12 remaining in the frame. Ryan Lingren (6) had the lone assist.
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The second period would end with the Rangers leading 2-0.
Once again the Capitals even-strength stats were better than the Rangers. The Capitals led in shot attempts 16-11, scoring chances 8-5, high-danger chances 4-3 and expected goals .82 to .37.
The Rangers would make it 3-0 with a goal from Kris Kreider (34) at 6:57 of the final frame. Adam Fox (42) and Mika Zibanejad (33) had the assists.
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The Rangers would add a fourth goal from Barclay Goodrow (11) at 11:09 of the third period. Kevin Rooney (5) and Ryan Reaves (8) had the assists.
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The Capitals would finally get on the scoreboard with a goal from Alex Ovechkin (32) at 18:58 of the final frame to make it 4-1. Evgeny Kuznetsov (34) had the lone assist.
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That would be the final.
The Capitals are back in action on Saturday when they visit the Flyers in Philadelphia. Puck drop is set for just after 12:30 PM.