NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Washington|
(Sunday, February 10th)
Final Score: Washington 3, NY Rangers 2 (OT)
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Mike Green scored a power-play goal just 23
seconds into overtime, giving the Washington Capitals a 3-2 victory over the
New York Rangers at the Verizon Center.
Washington started the extra session with the man-advantage after New York's
Ryan Hollweg was penalized for tripping in the final minute of the third. The
Caps quickly gained the offensive zone after the opening faceoff of overtime
and Green blasted a shot from the center point that deflected off the stick of
New York's Marc Staal before going through the legs of netminder Stephen
Green, who also scored the overtime winner against the Rangers on December 12,
notched his 15th goal of the season and Alexander Ovechkin had a hand in all
three goals for Washington, which bounced back from a 2-1 loss Friday against
Carolina to win for the third time in four games. The Capitals also moved back
into first place in the Southeast Division, one point ahead of the idle
Hurricanes and Atlanta Thrashers.
"A lot of games come down to special teams and our penalty killing was
fabulous," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Our power play scored two
goals for the first time in a long time. That was the difference."
Ovechkin picked up the game's first goal and two assists, giving him a league-
best 76 points. Boyd Gordon also scored for Washington, while Olaf Kolzig made
Sean Avery and Chris Drury found the net for the Rangers, who have lost three
of their last four games. Valiquette, who blanked Philadelphia on Saturday,
got the start in net again for New York and finished with 21 saves.
"We'd like to have gotten two [points]," said Rangers head coach Tom Renney.
"We had a chance to win the hockey game and Stephen Valiquette gave us a
chance to win the hockey game. Our team battled hard."
The Caps cashed in a power play just under 2 1/2 minutes into the game for a
1-0 lead. Nicklas Backstrom drove to the net through the left circle and had a
shot from in close stopped by Valiquette, but the rebound was kicked around
until Ovechkin wound up with it and fired it home from below the left circle
for his 47th goal of the season.
Avery tied it for New York just past the seven-minute mark. Scott Gomez
chipped a pass off the right boards and Avery had enough speed to beat a
Washington defender to the puck. The gritty winger snapped a shot from the
right circle over Kolzig's left shoulder for his sixth goal.
The Rangers took a 2-1 lead at 9:25 of the second period on Drury's 18th goal.
He knocked in the rebound of a Martin Straka chance from the left circle.
Valiquette kept New York in front with a brilliant save on a backhand shot by
Alexander Semin, who made a brilliant move through the Ranger zone around a
defenseman with 5:22 to play in the period.
Washington managed to tie it with just 14.6 seconds remaining in the second
when Gordon scored his fifth on a rebound after Valiquette had stopped
Ovechkin from the slot.
Each goaltender made an outstanding save midway through the third period to
keep it tied. Valiquette stoned Eric Fehr on a point-blank rebound chance in
front and Kolzig came up big moments later when he turned aside Jaromir Jagr
from in close and stopped two rebound chances by Avery.
Semin had two assists for Washington...The Capitals finished 2-for-3 on the
power play and killed off each of New York's six chances with the extra
skater...The Capitals had gone six straight games without a power-play goal
before scoring in the first...Jagr has not scored a goal in his last nine
games...The teams split the four-game season series, with the Capitals winning
a pair of overtime games in Washington...New York's Petr Prucha did not play
the third period after suffering a shoulder injury late in the second on a
clean hit along the boards by Green...The Rangers don't play again until
Saturday when Buffalo visits Madison Square Garden...The Capitals start a
three-game road trip with a visit to Atlanta on Wednesday.
02/10 17:53:03 ET