The Washington Capitals defeated the New York Rangers at the Garden in a 3-2 shootout last night to gain two more very valuable standing points. Once thought to be a playoff after thought, with the 2 points last night, the Caps now have 31 points, just 3 points behind the 8th playoff spot and 5 points behind Southeast Division leading Winnipeg. The Caps are surging, having gained 8 points in their last 10 games.
The Caps stunned the Rangers in the first period, picking up two early goals against Henrik Lundqvist. The first tally came from Nicklas Backstrom, who deflected an Alex Ovechkin shot on net, to give the Caps an early 1-0 lead. It was Backstrom's 5th goal of the season and was assisted by Ovechkin and John Carlson. Ovechkin would give the Caps a 2-0 lead less than two minutes later, scoring his 16th tally of the season. Steve Oleksy and Backstrom picked up helpers.
The lead would dissipate in the last few minutes of the first period as the Caps fell into penalty trouble, leading to one Ranger power play goal. Arom Ashan dwindled the Caps lead to 2-1 scoring on a 2 on 1 breakaway at the 14:12 mark of the first period. Wouldn't take the Rangers long to knot the game up after Washington took 2 penalties and went down in a 5 on 3 power play by the Rangers. Derek Stephan tied the game up just 10 seconds into the two man advantage to tie it up at 2-2.
Neither the Caps or Rangers would muster any additional offense in regulation or over time forcing a shootout. Washington took the lead in the shoot out on a tally by Ovechkin. However, Dereek Stephan would score on Braden Holtby forcing a fourth round. After Brad Richards missed for New York, Nicklas Backstrom scored to gain the ever important two points for the Caps in the Garden.
Holtby picked up his third straight win to improve to 13-10 on the season. Ovewrall, he stopped 28 of 30 shots on net.
Alex Ovechkin has a FIVE game points treak and a FIVE game goal scoring streak. Ovi has a THREE game multi-point streak.
Braden Holtby has won THREE straight games.
Nicklas Backstrom has a THREE game point streak and a THREE game assist streak.
John Carlson has a THREE game point streak and a THREE game assist streak.no comments