NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Washington
(Saturday, February 10th)
Final Score: NY Rangers 5, Washington 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Michal Rozsival scored two goals and Jaromir Jagr had three assists to lead the New York Rangers over the Washington Capitals, 5-2, at the Verizon Center.
Jagr became just the 12th player in NHL history to surpass the 1,500-point plateau for his career, ending the game with 1,501 points.
Marcel Hossa had a goal and an assist, and Martin Straka scored twice for New York, which has won two straight after dropping four in a row. Henrik Lundqvist, who led the Rangers to a 5-0 victory with 29 saves on Friday night, was again solid between the pipes, making 17 saves in the win.
Chris Clark had a goal and an assist for the Capitals, who ended a four-game homestand 2-1-1. Alexander Ovechkin scored in his second straight game and Olaf Kolzig made 27 saves, as Washington lost for the ninth time in 13 outings.
After Washington tied the game at 2-2 when Clark scored a power play goal 2:15 into the third, the Rangers went back into the lead just over two minutes later.
With the man advantage courtesy of a roughing penalty on Kolzig, Rozsival scored his second goal of the game when he blasted a slap per from between the circles over the left shoulder of Kolzig.
Jagr recorded his second assist of the game on the goal, giving him 1,500 career points. He then helped set up the next Rangers' goal, as New York put the game out of reach.
Straka registered the first even-strength goal of the game, scoring from the left circle with 13:51 left.
Washington pulled Kolzig with 2:07 remaining, but failed to mount any offense with Straka registering an empty net goal with 28.7 seconds left.
The Rangers started the scoring a little more than midway through the first period when Rozsival wristed home a rebound of a Jagr shot for the early advantage. On the power play, Jagr shot the puck from the right circle. Kolzig made the save and the rebound hit Petr Prucha and went to Rozsival, who was in the left circle and only needed to wrist the shot past Kolzig.
Washington tied the game with just 1:40 left in the opening stanza. Also on the power play, Clark sent the puck around the boards behind the Rangers' net. Lundqvist attempted to play the puck, but it took an awkward bounce off the boards and redirected to the front of the net. Lundqvist attempted to get back into position, but Ovechkin only needed to slap the puck home for the tie.
New York, though, went back in front, scoring the lone goal of the second period. With Clark in the box for roughing, the Rangers took advantage. Brenden Shanahan took the initial shot from the left circle that Kolzig saved. He couldn't come up with the puck, however, and Hossa was at the doorstep to clean up the rebound for a 2-1 lead with 10:10 elapsed in the period.
NY won the season series from Washington, 3-1, outscoring the Caps 17-6...The Rangers ended 3-for-6 on the power play...Washington went 2-for-4 ...NY improved to 16-12-2 on the road this season...Washington fell to 14-12-4 at home.
02/10 21:55:09 ET