Rangers v. Capitals – Ovi to the Rescue

New York Rangers (12-12-4 28pts) v. Washington Capitals (19-6-4 42pts)

Game Recap:

Coming into the weekend the New York Rangers would come to town to faceoff with the Washington Capitals for a back to back series. In the first period it would be a very quiet period until the last five minutes when we would see Nicklas Backstrom get called for tripping to give the Rangers the first powerplay of the game, and it would be Artemi Panarin with the one time snipe to get the Rangers on the board first. Afterwards the Caps would get their first powerplay, but would not be able to capitalize on the opportunity as the Rangers would take the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

Come the second period, it would be another quiet period. No goals or powerplays, but after a hard, clean hit on Ovechkin we would see a small flare up, but nothing major as the Rangers would hold the 1-0 lead.

In the third period the it would remain a tightly contested matchup, but come the final 7 minutes of regulation Alex Ovechkin would not strike once, but twice by burying the loose puck in the crease to give the Capitals the 2-1 victory over the Rangers. The Rangers would out shoot the Caps 33 to 18 in the game, but the Capitals would be able to get the dirty goals and Vitek Vanecek would come up big to gain the victory.

Lineups:

New York Rangers:

Chris Kreider — Mika Zibanejad — Pavel Buchnevich
Artemi Panarin — Ryan Strome — Colin Blackwell
Alexis Lafreniere — Filip Chytil — Kaapo Kakko
Brendan Lemieux — Kevin Rooney — Brett Howden

Ryan Lindgren — Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller — Jacob Trouba
Libor Hajek — Brendan Smith

Alexandar Georgiev
Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Julien Gauthier, Tarmo Reunanen
Injured: Igor Shesterkin (lower body), Anthony Bitetto (lower body)
COVID-19 protocol: Phillip Di Giuseppe

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie
Jakub Vrana — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Daniel Sprong
Conor Sheary – Nic Dowd — Richard Panik
Carl Hagelin — Garnet Hathaway

Brenden Dillon — John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov — Justin Schultz
Zdeno Chara — Nick Jensen
Trevor van Riemsdyk

Vitek Vanecek
Ilya Samsonov

Scratched: Jonas Siegenthaler
Injured: Lars Eller (lower body)
Suspended: Tom Wilson

First Period:

WAS Penalty – 15:21 – Nicklas Backstrom 2 minutes for Tripping

NYR PPG – 16:42 – Artemi Panarin (8) from Ryan Strome (13)

NYR Penalty – 17:32 – Filip Chytil 2 minutes for Hooking

End of FirstNYR – 1WAS – 0
Shots85
Faceoff Wins68
Hits912
Powerplay1/10/1

Second Period:

NYR Penalty – 11:36 – Brendan Lemieux 2 minutes for Unsportsmanlike Conduct

WAS Penalty – 11:36 – Brenden Dillon 2 minutes for Unsportsmanlike Conduct

End of SecondNYR – 1WAS – 0
Shots1911
Faceoff Wins1417
Hits1824
Powerplay1/10/1

Third Period:

WAS Penalty – :31 – Brenden Dillon 2 minutes for Hooking

WAS Penalty – 10:46 – Richard Panik 2 minutes for Holding

WAS Goal – 13:18 – Alex Ovechkin (13) from Evgeny Kuznetsov (10) and Justin Schultz (12)

WAS Goal – 16:27 – Alex Ovechkin (14) from John Carlson (20) and Zdeno Chara (7)

End of ThirdNYR – 1WAS – 2
Shots3318
Faceoff Wins2128
Hits2332
Powerplay1/30/1

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