Gameday Recap – 10/17/2018 – New York Rangers v. Washington Capitals



New York Rangers (2-4-0 4pts) v. Washington Capitals (2-2-1 5pts)



New York Rangers:

Chris Kreider — Mika Zibanejad — Jesper Fast

Filip Chytil — Kevin Hayes — Mats Zuccarello

Jimmy Vesey — Brett Howden — Vladislav Namestnikov

Cody McLeod — Ryan Spooner — Vinni Lettieri

Brady Skjei — Neal Pionk

Marc Staal — Brendan Smith

Fredrik Claesson — Kevin Shattenkirk

Henrik Lundqvist

Alexandar Georgiev

Scratched: Adam McQuaid, Tony DeAngelo, Pavel Buchnevich

Injured: Matt Beleskey (shoulder), Boo Nieves (concussion)


Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Chandler Stephenson

Jakub Vrana — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Andre Burakovsky — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly

Nathan Walker — Nic Dowd — Devante Smith-Pelly

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Brooks Orpik — Christian Djoos

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Madison Bowey, Dmitrij Jaskin

Injured: Travis Boyd (lower body)

Suspended: Tom Wilson


First Period:

Rangers Goal – 6:09 – Mika Zibanejad (2) from Chris Kreider (2) and Neal Pionk (1)

Capitals Penalty – 9:35 – Nic Dowd 2 minutes for Interference

Capitals Goal – 14:05 – John Carlson (3) from Nicklas Backstrom (7)


End of 1st – NYR – 1       WAS – 1

Shots              9                  14

Faceoffs         9                  9

Hits                1                   8

PP                 0/1                 N/A



This was an ok period for the Capitals. The Rangers are playing aggressive and the Capitals will have to take advantage when the Rangers get a little over aggressive, which has happened a couple of times in the Rangers zone. Great response by the Capitals with the tying goal after the Rangers took an early lead.


Need to Do:

The Capitals need to do a better job of of controlling the tempo of the game. The Capitals had spurts where they controlled it, but they let the Rangers back in it too many times. The Capitals also need to keep pushing the play in the Rangers zone.


Second Period:

Rangers Penalty – 2:09 – Brett Howden 2 minutes for Tripping

Capitals PPG – 3:32 – Alex Ovechkin (5) from John Carlson (5) and Brett Connolly (4)

Capitals Penalty – 5:39 – Jakub Vrana 2 minutes for Hooking

Capitals Penalty – 12:37 – Dmitry Orlov 2 minutes for Holding

Rangers PPG – 12:42 – Jimmy Vesey (3) from Neal Pionk (2) and Brett Howden (2)

Rangers Penalty – 15:42 – Jesper Fast 2 minutes for Interference

Capitals PPG – 17:01 – Alex Ovechkin (6) from John Carlson (6) and Nicklas Backstrom (8)

Rangers Penalty – 19:32 – Brendan Smith 2 minutes for Interference


End of 2nd – NYR – 2        WAS – 3

Shots               27                 27

Faceoffs          23                 22

Hits                 8                    14

PP                   1/3                 2/2 * 3rd in progress



This was a good period for the Capitals, but it was a better period for the Rangers. The Rangers out shot the Capitals 18-13 that period, and forced the Capitals to take some penalties. However the Capitals forced some penalties upon the Rangers as well, and got two powerplay goals and are entering the 3rd period with time left on their 3rd powerplay.


Need to Do:

The Capitals need to capitalize on this powerplay to start the period and use it to take the momentum of this game and put it in their favor. The Capitals need to also play a full 20 minutes to finish off the Rangers.


Third Period:

Capitals Penalty – 9:20 – Nathan Walker 2 minutes for Holding

Rangers PPG – 10:25 – Chris Kreider (4) from Neal Pionk (3) and Mika Zibanejad (2)

Rangers Penalty – 14:43 – Kevin Hayes 2 minutes for High Sticking


End of 3rd – NYR – 3         WAS – 3

Shots              32                   36

Faceoffs        30                    33

Hits               13                     21

PP                 2/4                    2/4



Capitals Goal – 2:18 – Matt Niskanen (1) from Evgeny Kuznetsov (6) and TJ Oshie (3)


End of OT – NYR – 3         WAS – 4

Shots              32                   38

Faceoffs        31                    35

Hits               14                     23

PP                 2/4                    2/4



A good win for the Capitals despite blowing their one goal lead and needing overtime to win this game. The Capitals out shot the Rangers in both the 3rd period and in overtime combined, but they had their defensive relapses in their own zone plus some bad penalties taken again let the Rangers stay in this one. The Capitals need to clean up the play in their own zone, especially in front of their own net as they are giving up too many chances and goals right in the slot area.


Next Up:

Washington (3-2-1 7pts) v. Florida (0-2-2 2pts)

NY Rangers (2-4-1 5pts) v. Calgary (3-2-0 6pts)


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