NHL Game Summary - Washington at NY Rangers
(Tuesday, November 17th)
Final Score: Washington 4, NY Rangers 2
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Matt Bradley pumped in the go-ahead goal with 4:51 remaining in the third period, as the Washington Capitals posted a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers in Alex Ovechkin's return to the lineup.
The Russian sniper had missed the previous six games due to an upper-body strain, but made an immediate impact with a power-play goal for Washington.
"It's always nice when you come back (from an injury) and score in the first period and on your first shot," Ovechkin said.
Brooks Laich and Brian Pothier also lit the lamp for the Capitals, who have recorded at least a point in 14 of their last 16 games (11-2-3). Mike Green collected two assists and Semyon Varlamov made 18 saves in a winning effort.
Marian Gaborik scored both goals for the Rangers, who have dropped three of four. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 22 of the 25 shots he faced in defeat.
"We're not getting any secondary scoring," said New York head coach John Tortorella. "We're just not creating enough (scoring) chances."
The Rangers tied the game at two on a power-play marker by Gaborik at 8:23 of the third, but Bradley, who was bloodied in a first-period bout with Aaron Voros, restored the lead for Washington.
Bradley stripped New York defenseman Wade Redden in the defensive zone and skated down the ice on a partial breakaway. He shielded the puck from a Rangers player and fired a wrister over the glove hand of Lundqvist.
Pothier's empty-net tally with 17 seconds remaining cemented the win, the 100th for Bruce Boudreau as the Capitals' head coach.
New York carried the play from the game's opening faceoff and took an early lead on a goal by Gaborik. Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi let go a wrister from the right point and Varlamov had trouble handling the puck. Gaborik picked up the juicy rebound and fired a shot from the low slot behind the rookie netminder 76 seconds into the contest.
It was a profitable return for the effervescent Ovechkin, whose one-time blast from up high tied the game with 4:54 remaining in the first period.
Washington grabbed a 2-1 lead on a power-play goal from Laich with 4:16 remaining in the second period.
Ovechkin and Gaborik lead the league with 15 goals apiece...Capitals goaltender Jose Theodore missed the game due to personal reasons, while Washington forward Alexander Semin is sidelined with an apparent right wrist injury...The Capitals have scored a power-play goal in 10 of their last 11 games...New York had gone 8-0-1 in its last nine meetings with the Capitals at Madison Square Garden...Washington returns home to face the Canadiens on Friday...The Rangers are idle until Saturday, when they host Florida.
11/17 23:18:17 ET