NHL Game Summary - NY Rangers at Washington
(Wednesday, December 12th)
Final Score: Washington 5, NY Rangers 4 (OT)
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Mike Green's goal with 1:19 remaining in overtime lifted the Washington Capitals to a 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers in front of a lively Verizon Center crowd.
The game-winner came at the end of an odd-man rush, as Green took a feed left- to-right from Brooks Laich and sent it past Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. The puck sailed up and under the crossbar, knocking the water bottle from the top of the mesh as the Caps celebrated the dramatic victory.
Green, Laich and Donald Brashear each had a pair of assists and Joe Motzko scored twice for the Capitals, who improved to 3-0 on their four-game homestand and have won four of their last five overall.
"For us to win this game puts us up even further," said Green. "As far as confidence and the team it feels great."
Alex Ovechkin and Jeff Schultz also tallied, while Olaf Kolzig made 19 saves for Washington, which improved to 6-3-1 since promoting Bruce Boudreau from the AHL's Hershey Bears to serve as the team's head coach.
Martin Straka scored twice and Brendan Shanahan had a goal and two assists for the Rangers, who were coming off a 1-0 overtime win against the Devils on Sunday and have picked up a point in eight of their last nine road contests.
Scott Gomez also tallied and Lundqvist turned aside 30-of-35 shots for New York, failing to build on his shutout against New Jersey.
"It's always tough to lose in overtime," said Lundqvist. "You want the extra point. It's big, and it's going to be big in the end. It could've gone both ways."
With the game tied at 2-2 heading to the third period, the Caps pulled ahead just 4:36 in when Ovechkin redirected a shot by Green from the top of the left circle.
New York tied it up on the power play though, when Shanahan sent a feed cross ice for Straka, who slapped it into the top right corner of the net at 8:13.
Schultz put the Capitals back on top when his slapper went off the outstretched blocker of Lundqvist and deflected over the goal line at 9:31, but the Blueshirts answered again when Shanahan deflected a point shot past a screened Kolzig with 7:17 left in the contest, making it 4-4.
The Rangers took a 1-0 lead at the end of a bang-bang play, as Paul Mara came streaking down the left wing and found Gomez all alone in the slot. He finished off the play by one-timing the feed past Kolzig with 7:50 remaining in the first period.
Jaromir Jagr then set up Straka less than two minutes later, giving the Rangers a 2-0 lead. The setup was similar to the first goal, but this time Straka wristed the puck into the cage from just below the right circle.
The Caps cut it to 2-1 with 4:09 remaining when Laich's slap shot hit the tip of Lundqvist's glove and fell back to the ice, where it was stuffed home by Motzko.
Washington then tied it up with a little over four minutes left in the second period, as Motzko scored his second goal of the night on a give-and-go from Brashear, beating Lundqvist low on the far side.
Schultz has scored in three consecutive games after finding the back of the net only once in his first 21 games...Ovechkin has five goals and five assists in the last six games. He also has six goals and four assists in 11 career games versus the Rangers...New York leads the season series, 2-1...Dating back to the 2005-06 season, the Capitals have won just two of their last eight games against the Rangers.
12/12 23:22:39 ET