NHL Game Summary - Washington at NY Rangers
(Friday, March 5th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 3, Washington 2
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Bobby Holik scored midway through the third period to lift the New York Rangers over the Washington Capitals, 3-2, at Madison Square Garden.
Mark Messier had a goal and assisted on another by Chris Simon to help snap a four-game skid for the Rangers. Recent callup Jason LaBarbera made 19 saves to earn his first NHL win and also registered an assist on the game-winning tally.
"I thought he played well," said Rangers head coach Tom Renney. "Once he got accustomed to the attack, I think he settled down and played extremely well for us."
Trent Whitfield and Kip Miller provided the offense for the Capitals, losers of three in a row and five of six. Sebastien Charpentier also stopped 19 shots in the loss while Jeff Halpern recorded two assists.
Holik gave New York the lead for good when he notched his 19th marker of the year at 10:44 of the final frame on the power play. He worked a give-and-go with Jaromir Jagr at neutral ice, and then skated in front of the right boards before backhanding the puck behind Charpentier. Jagr garnered his 1,300th career point on the play.
The game winner came just five minutes after Rangers rookie defenseman Fedor Tyutin saved a goal. Josef Boumedienne was camped out at the right post when a loose puck squirted out to him, Tyutin poked the puck away at the last second.
Simon opened the scoring with the lone goal of the first period. Skating in from the left-hand side, he used his body to shield off Todd Rohloff and shot the puck low past the stick side of Charpentier with 3:50 remaining.
Washington evened the score just prior to the midway point of the second when Whitfield had one go off his skate on a pass by Halpern for his fourth goal of the season.
Miller handed the Caps a 2-1 edge just over two minutes later on a wrist shot from the slot that went underneath the left arm of LaBarbera.
The Rangers tied the game 1:45 after that. Matthew Barnaby fed the puck over to a streaking Messier from the right boards, and Messier beat Charpentier low to the glove side.
"I think in this situation here, we wish we could have had one of the three goals back," said Caps head coach Glen Hanlon. "I don't want to pin the blame on one player. Our focus is on winning as a team and losing as a team."
LaBarbera made his second NHL start. He took the loss in a 4-3 setback to Colorado on November 20...Holik has eight points in his last 10 games (5g, 3a)...The Rangers finished 1-for-6 on the power play while Washington scored once in four chances with the extra skater.
03/06 01:50:36 ET