Rangers v. Capitals – Similar Script, Different Result

New York Rangers (12-13-4 28pts) v. Washington Capitals (20-6-4 44pts)

Game Recap:

Back in DC for the second game of their back to back with the New York Rangers, the Washington Capitals look to continue their winning ways as Tom Wilson returns from his seven game suspension. In the first period both teams would get some powerplay opportunities, but neither team would score on them to gain the advantage. However, late in the period Pavel Buchnevich would strike to give the Rangers the 1-0 lead as they headed into the first intermission.

In the second period the Caps and Rangers would trade powerplay opportunities, but both teams penalty kills were up to the task, plus Ilya Samsonov and Keith Kinkaid played lights out hockey to keep the game at 1-0 in favor of the Rangers.

In the third period we would see the Caps take a penalty, but after killing it off it would be John Carlson scoring to tie the game at one. However, after killing a penalty of their own, Mika Zibanejad would strike to give the Rangers the 2-1 lead, and then Brett Howden would get the empty netter to secure the 3-1 victory over the Capitals. This game mirrored the game that was played the night before, but with a different result. Both Ilya Samsonov and Keith Kinkaid played spectacularly in net for their respective teams.


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

Keith Kinkaid
Alexandar Georgiev

Scratched: Julien Gauthier
Injured: Igor Shesterkin (lower body)
COVID-19 protocol: Phillip Di Giuseppe

Washington Capitals:

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

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

Ilya Samsonov
Vitek Vanecek

Scratched: Jonas Siegenthaler, Trevor van Riemsdyk
Injured: Lars Eller (lower body)

First Period:

NYR Penalty – 1:57 – Alexis Lafreniere 2 minutes for Hooking

WAS Penalty – 5:16 – Tom Wilson 2 minutes for Slashing

NYR Penalty – 9:20 – Artemi Panarin 2 minutes for Holding

NYR Goal – 17:49 – Pavel Buchnevich (11) from Adam Fox (16) and Mika Zibanejad (12)

End of FirstNYR – 1WAS – 0
Faceoff Wins1213

Second Period:

NYR Penalty – 5:54 – Brett Howden 2 minutes for Hooking

WAS Penalty – 15:41 – Brenden Dillon 2 minutes for Boarding

End of SecondNYR – 1WAS – 0
Faceoff Wins1724

Third Period:

WAS Penalty – 1:44 – Carl Hagelin 2 minutes for Interference

WAS Goal – 5:55 – John Carlson (7) from Tom Wilson (11) and Nicklas Backstrom (22)

NYR Penalty – 8:12 – Brendan Lemieux 2 minutes for Cross Checking

NYR Goal – 17:28 – Mika Zibanejad (7) from unassisted

NYR ENG – 19:32 – Brett Howden (1) from Ryan Strome (14)

End of ThirdNYR – 3WAS – 1
Faceoff Wins2736

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