NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Washington|
(Wednesday, December 12th)
Final Score: Washington 5, NY Rangers 4 (OT)
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Mike Green's goal with 1:19 remaining in
overtime lifted the Washington Capitals to a 5-4 victory over the New York
Rangers in front of a lively Verizon Center crowd.
The game-winner came at the end of an odd-man rush, as Green took a feed left-
to-right from Brooks Laich and sent it past Rangers goaltender Henrik
Lundqvist. The puck sailed up and under the crossbar, knocking the water
bottle from the top of the mesh as the Caps celebrated the dramatic victory.
Green, Laich and Donald Brashear each had a pair of assists and Joe Motzko
scored twice for the Capitals, who improved to 3-0 on their four-game
homestand and have won four of their last five overall.
"For us to win this game puts us up even further," said Green. "As far as
confidence and the team it feels great."
Alex Ovechkin and Jeff Schultz also tallied, while Olaf Kolzig made 19 saves
for Washington, which improved to 6-3-1 since promoting Bruce Boudreau from
the AHL's Hershey Bears to serve as the team's head coach.
Martin Straka scored twice and Brendan Shanahan had a goal and two assists for
the Rangers, who were coming off a 1-0 overtime win against the Devils on
Sunday and have picked up a point in eight of their last nine road contests.
Scott Gomez also tallied and Lundqvist turned aside 30-of-35 shots for New
York, failing to build on his shutout against New Jersey.
"It's always tough to lose in overtime," said Lundqvist. "You want the extra
point. It's big, and it's going to be big in the end. It could've gone both
With the game tied at 2-2 heading to the third period, the Caps pulled ahead
just 4:36 in when Ovechkin redirected a shot by Green from the top of the left
New York tied it up on the power play though, when Shanahan sent a feed
cross ice for Straka, who slapped it into the top right corner of the net at
Schultz put the Capitals back on top when his slapper went off the
outstretched blocker of Lundqvist and deflected over the goal line at 9:31,
but the Blueshirts answered again when Shanahan deflected a point shot past a
screened Kolzig with 7:17 left in the contest, making it 4-4.
The Rangers took a 1-0 lead at the end of a bang-bang play, as Paul Mara came
streaking down the left wing and found Gomez all alone in the slot. He
finished off the play by one-timing the feed past Kolzig with 7:50 remaining
in the first period.
Jaromir Jagr then set up Straka less than two minutes later, giving the
Rangers a 2-0 lead. The setup was similar to the first goal, but this time
Straka wristed the puck into the cage from just below the right circle.
The Caps cut it to 2-1 with 4:09 remaining when Laich's slap shot hit the tip
of Lundqvist's glove and fell back to the ice, where it was stuffed
home by Motzko.
Washington then tied it up with a little over four minutes left in the second
period, as Motzko scored his second goal of the night on a give-and-go from
Brashear, beating Lundqvist low on the far side.
Schultz has scored in three consecutive games after finding the back of the
net only once in his first 21 games...Ovechkin has five goals and five assists
in the last six games. He also has six goals and four assists in 11 career
games versus the Rangers...New York leads the season series, 2-1...Dating back
to the 2005-06 season, the Capitals have won just two of their last eight
games against the Rangers.
12/12 23:22:39 ET