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NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Washington

(Saturday, January 3rd)

Final Score: Washington 2, NY Rangers 1

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Alex Ovechkin's second-period shorthanded tally was the difference, as Washington nipped the New York Rangers, 2-1, at Verizon Center.

Mike Green also lit the lamp for the Capitals, who have reeled off six straight wins and 11 victories in their last 12 games. Jose Theodore made 21 saves for his 13th win of the season.

Petr Prucha picked up the only goal for the Rangers, who have dropped four of five. Stephen Valiquette got the start for a flu-bitten Henrik Lundqvist and was strong in the loss with 29 stops.

Ovechkin provided a 2-1 edge for the shorthanded home team only 32 seconds before the end of the second period.

Skating from the Rangers' blue line to the right wing, Ovechkin released a floating shot from the right circle which fooled Valiquette and dropped behind him and inside the left post.

Theodore made the slim edge hold up by halting all seven shots he faced over the final 20 minutes.

Prucha put the Rangers on the board just after the midway point of the second period, but Green tallied on a Caps power play at 11:23, slipping home a feed from Alexander Semin.

Game Notes

Washington has won each of the last five meetings, including all three this season by a combined 10-6 score...The clubs meet one final time, at Madison Square Garden, on February 11.

01/03 21:55:30 ET

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