FINAL SCORE: New York Rangers:4 – Washington Capitals:1
The Rangers looked to come out strong against the Capitals and grab the momentum at the start of their second game of a back to back stretch. A mere 70 seconds into the game they did just that, Rick Nash caused a turnover that led to a goal that gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead. After that goal, the Rangers lost their momentum and Washington dominated the play but Henrik Lundqvist kept the Rangers lead alive with 10 saves in the first period. Then, after the Capitals took two penalties the which gave the Rangers a two-man advantage and Rick Nash scored his second of the night and kept the Rangers power play dominate to maintain the lead at 2-0 with just under four minutes remaining in the period. Shortly after, just as the 5 on 4 man advantage for the Rangers was coming to an end, Derek Stepan‘s shot from the point found it’s way past Philipp Grubauer to extend the Rangers lead to 3-0. After that goal Grubauer was shown the bench and Brayden Holtby came onto the ice and the garden crowd wasted no time letting Holtby know what they thought of him. The period came to an end and New York was up by three, leading 10-9 in shots on goal.
Coming into the second period, the Rangers immediately went down two men and gave the Capitals a 5 on 3 advantage. Not surprising, Capitals Captain, Alex Ovechkin, ripped a goal past Henrik Lundqvist only 59 seconds into the period to cut the Rangers lead to two. Then, on the 5 on 4, Dominic Moore caused a turnover and he and Ryan Callahan came away with the puck; Moore shot the puck and Holtby gave up a rebound that was too good to be true and Callahan made no mistake and scored to return the Rangers lead to three. Afterwards, the Rangers got a numerous power play opportunities that they didn’t capitalize on but gave them the momentum nontheless. Marching towards the end of the second period leading by three goals, and two shots with a 20-18 advantage.
Coming into the third period, all the Rangers had to do was keep the lead and they would find themselves with a victory over the Capitals. This third period was extremely boring, neither team scored, or had very many scoring chances but the play did spend a lot of it’s time in the Rangers defensive zone. With this win, the Rangers move back up into second place in the Metropolitan division.
Three Stars of the Game
1) Rick Nash – 2 goals (game winner)
2) Ryan McDonagh- 1 assist
3) Henrik Lundqvist- 25 saves
My three stars
1) Rick Nash
2) Derek Stepan
3) Henrik Lundqvist
The Rangers play again on 21 January against the New York Islanders.