Ruslan Fedotenko played a huge role in defeating the Capitals 6-3. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Slump Busters: Rangers Explode Offensively, Defeat Capitals 6-3

After losing their last two games, scoring just 1 goal combined, the New York Rangers offense erupted for six goals, including four in the 2nd period, for a 6-3 victory of the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on a Black Friday matinee.

Marian Gaborik, Artem Anisimov, and Ruslan Fedotenko scored in just over a four-minute span early in the second to give the Rangers a 3-0 lead. Brian Boyle netted a crucial goal with roughly three minutes to go in middle period after the Capitals had cut the lead to 3-2 prior.

Brad Richards and Fedotenko – his second of the game – finished the scoring for the Blueshirts, who received a three assist performance from Ryan Callahan, in the third period. Henrik Lundqvist, brilliant at times in order to preserve the lead, stopped 18 shots.

Join me after the jump for the post-game report. 

Post-Game Thoughts:

  • It wasn’t pretty nor was it a perfect hockey game for the Rangers, but they found a way to win this game by igniting their stagnant offense. Credit John Tortorella for finding line combinations that worked, for this game at least.
  • Hard to believe Washington only had 18 shots because it seemed like they had more. Of those 18 shots, almost half of them were of the highest quality, including Hank’s robbery of Joel Ward in the 1st period. Without Lundqvist, it’s a blowout.
  • Carl Hagelin had a noticeable NHL debut. His speed was on display, but so was his ability to work & make plays along the boards, leading to an assist on Boyle’s goal. His solid effort has earned him another look. John Mitchell didn’t look bad, either. Hopefully, this spells the end for Erik Christensen.
  • I’ll be honest; I’ve been questioning Fedotenko’s spot on the roster recently because of his invisibility in most games. Two goals tonight says he still has a place & can be a contributing factor. His newly formed line with Richards and Callahan combined for 7 points.
  • Derek Stepan and Marian Gaborik are quickly becoming the go-to tandem offensively.
  • Steve Eminger & Jeff Woywitka combined for 18 minutes of total ice time, or just under what Dan Girardi gets through 2 periods in a normal game. If this keeps up, the Rangers defense will be burnt out by Christmas. Something needs to be changed.
  • A dip in ice time and being moved down in the lineup and Brandon Dubinsky responds with just 1 shot. At this point, nothing short of a benching might be the only way to wake the kid up.
  • If the Rangers can get the secondary scoring to come along, they’ll continue to win games. I’m not asking for career seasons, just consistent secondary scoring threats.

Right back at it tomorrow at 2:00PM at MSG against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Tags: Alexander Ovechkin Brad Richards Brian Boyle Carl Hagelin Derek Stepan Henrik Lundqvist John Tortorella Marian Gaborik New York Rangers Washington Capitals

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