After another long break, the Caps returned to action on Wednesday by hosting the rebuilding New York Rangers. A surprisingly uneven performance from the home team gave the Rangers every opportunity to stay in the game, turning what should have been two easy points into an overtime nail-biter.
The Rangers scored first, with Mika Zibanejad cleaning up a tasty rebound from Neal Pionk. The Caps responded with John Carlson’s monster slapshot during a power play, tying the score after twenty minutes. The second period was a bit sloppy, but Ovechkin opened up scoring with an Ovi Shot from the Spot. Jim Vesey got a lucky bounce off Devante Smith-Pelly to score a power-play goal of his own, which I guess was infuriating to Ovechkin, so he got another one before the period was up. Chris Kreider restored the tie with a tip-in in the third, which pushed us out of rego and into overtime, where Matt Niskanen cleaned up a rebound to end it.
John Carlson's third goal of the season ties the Caps and Rangers up 1-1 pic.twitter.com/mksQ9LNuT0
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6. The Capitals jumped out faster in the second frame. With Washington on the power play after New Yorks Brett Howden committed a no-no boo-boo, Alex Ovechkin rang the bell from just above his normal workspace, snapping home a bullet from above the circle to make it 2-1 Caps.
Video: Ovechkin, Niskanen lead Capitals to 4-3 win in OT
wait a hecking minute. when did bountiful cumberbund start coaching for the rangers? the dude really is everywhere huh pic.twitter.com/TN4mp4lQKu
No Joe B suit of the night, but I did make this photoshop so I could see what Borpik would look like without a nose, what do you think, I’m sorry, I’ll delete it
I think I saw some underlying improvements, but goof-ups and bad breaks obscured whatever progress was made since the weekend. This was not the statement game I was hoping for, but I appreciate the big finish.
The Caps have a day off before their last home game of the month. After the Panthers on Friday, a road trip to the far reaches of Canada and the drudgery that is late-night games follows.
Share Share Rangers vs. Capitals: Rangers Steal a Point But Lose in Overtime tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports Just 24 hours after topping the Colorado Avalanche in the shootout, the New York Rangers looked to put together a winning streak against the Washington Capitals. While they were able to hang with the Capitals for most of the game, the Capitals came away with the final goal in overtime. Here is the goal breakdown from tonights contest.
This was the first of many great plays by Neal Pionk in this game, as he rushed up the ice to create an odd-man rush across the blue line. Pionk was able to find Mika Zibanejad open in the high slot, and despite being denied the first time, Mika put home his own rebound to make it a 1-0 game.
This was pretty much an identical goal from the Colorado game, minus the deflection in front. John Carlsons point shot somehow found its way through a triple layered screen and beat Henrik Lundqvist clean over the shoulder. Nothing that could really be done on Lundqvists part and the Rangers found themselves tied.
This goal really doesnt even need much a breakdown because its no surprise where Ovechkin wound up scoring from. Henrik Lundqvist appeared to relax as the puck went across the ice because it didnt seem like Ovechkin was in a prime shooting position. However, Ovi tossed a quick shot that fooled Hank and the Capitals took their first lead of the night.
After handfuls of scoring opportunities over the last couple of games, Jimmy Vesey finally buried a golden chance in front of the net. The Rangers caught a bit of a fortunate bounce on Neal Pionks point shot, and Vesey tapped the loose puck around Braden Holtby.
9. BUT THE THEATRICS WERENT DONE! This time, this with Nathan Walker in the box, New Yorks Chris Kreider redirected a BB down and past Holtby to tie this one up AGAIN late in the game at 3-3!
Almost identical to Ovechkins first goal, he was planted right in his office and absolutely wired a slap shot home on a pass from Backstrom. The goal came at the worst possible time too, and put the Rangers down by a goal heading into the third period.
Even though it appeared as if the Capitals late second period goal was back breaking, the Rangers responded right back halfway through the third. Neal Pionk picked up his third assist of the night on a perfectly placed wrist shot and Chris Kreider deflected home the shot to make it a 3-3 game.
Both teams traded chances at either end of the rink, but it was the Capitals who were able to capitalize on their opportunity. Henrik Lundqvist made a great initial glove save on Kuznetsov, but the rebound dropped right in the crease and Niskanen tapped it home for the game winner.
Following tonights loss, the Rangers will be out of game action until Saturday evening when they take on the Calgary Flames at Madison Square Garden.