Caps v. Rangers – Rising Up The Ranks

New York Rangers (0-0-0 0pts) v. Washington Capitals (0-0-0 0pts)

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Game Recap:

The puck has dropped on a new season and what a better way for the Washington Capitals to kick start thier season then against their Metropolitan Division rival New York Rangers. To start the game the Rangers would control the play and out shoot the Caps 5 to 1. Caps rookie Hendrix Lapierre would get called for high sticking, along with matching double minors to Sammy Blais and Trevor van Riemsdyk for roughing, to give the Rangers the first powerplay of the game. The Caps would kill it off and then secure a powerplay of their own which would see TJ Oshie score the first Capitals goal of the season and the 1-0 lead. The Caps would look to go up by two on a beautiful wrister by Nick Jensen, but would have it called by due to being offsides on a challenge by the Rangers. The Caps and Rangers would do a battle back and forth, but a Chris Kreider penalty would give the Caps the powerplay to end the period.

In the second period the Caps would start the period with 56 seconds of powerplay time, but would be unable to convert on the remaining time. Shortly after the Rangers would get on the powerplay off of a Lars Eller tripping penalty, but the Caps would play a solid penalty kill. Including a dtickless Tom Wilson blocking a shot, to allow the Caps to kill the penalty and keep thwir one goal lead. After some solid back and forth between both teams it would be an Alexis Lafreniere tripping call to put the Caps back on the powerplay and the Rangers would pay for it as Justin Schultz would snipe it from the point yo give the Caos their second powerplay goal. Then seconds later Hendrix Lapierre would score his first career NHL goal to give the Caps the 3-0 lead. After the pair of goals, both teams would trade powerplay opportunities, but both teams would kill the other’s powerplays.

In the third period the Rangers would continue their march to the penalty box as Sammy Blais would take his second penalty of the game, and this time Alex Ovechkin would strike on the powerplay for his first of the season and 731st career NHL goal to tie Marcel Dionne for 5th all time on the NHL’s all time scoring list. Midway through the third period the Rangers would get on the powerplay and Chris Krieder would finally break through a very solid Vitek Vanecek to break thw shutout and get the Rangers back within three. However, it would be for naught as Alex Ovechkin would net his second of the game and his 732nd career NHL goal to take sole possession of fifth place on the all time goals list, and give the Capitals the 5-1 victory over the Rangers.

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New York Rangers:

Alexis Lafreniere — Mika Zibanejad — Chris Kreider

Artemi Panarin — Ryan Strome — Kaapo Kakko

Barclay Goodrow — Filip Chytil — Dryden Hunt

Sammy Blais — Kevin Rooney — Ryan Reaves

Ryan Lindgren — Adam Fox

K’Andre Miller — Jacob Trouba

Jarred Tinordi — Patrik Nemeth

Alexandar Georgiev

Igor Shesterkin

Scratched: Julien Gauthier, Libor Hajek, Nils Lundkvist

Injured: None

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Anthony Mantha — Lars Eller — Daniel Sprong

Conor Sheary — Hendrix Lapierre– T.J. Oshie

Carl Hagelin — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway

Martin Fehervary — John Carlson

Trevor van Riemsdyk — Justin Schultz

Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen

Vitek Vanecek

Ilya Samsonov

Scratched: Connor McMichael, Beck Malenstyn, Matt Irwin

Injured: Nicklas Backstrom (hip)

First Period:

NYR Penalty – 1:52 – Sammy Blais 4 minutes for Roughing

WAS Penalty – 1:52 – Hendrix Lapierre 2 minutes for High Sticking

WAS Penalty – 1:52 – Trevor van Riemsdyk 4 minutes for Roughing

NYR Penalty – 3:55 – Patrik Nemeth 2 minutes for Slashing

WAS PPG – 4:39 – TJ Oshie (1) from Alex Ovechkin (1) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (1)

NYR Penalty – 18:56 – Chris Kreider 2 minutes for Slashing

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Second Period:

WAS Penalty – 1:59 – Lars Eller 2 minutes for Tripping

NYR Penalty – 11:29 – Alexis Lafreniere 2 minutes for Tripping

WAS PPG – 12:38 – Justin Schultz (1) from Evgeny Kuznetsov (2) and Alex Ovechkin (2)

WAS Goal – 13:02 – Hendrix Lapierre (1) from TJ Oshie (1) and Conor Sheary (1)

WAS Penalty – 15:36 – Tom Wilson 2 minutes for Tripping

NYR Penalty – 17:53 – Jacob Trouba 2 minutes Holding

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Third Period:

NYR Penalty – 2:20 – Sammy Blais 2 minutes for Cross Checking

WAS PPG – 2:37 – Alex Ovechkin (1) from Anthony Mantha (1) and John Carlson (1)

NYR Penalty – 3:53 – Ryan Lindgren 2 minutes for Holding

WAS Penalty – 3:53 – Lars Eller 2 minutes for Tripping

WAS Penalty – 7:27 – Dmitry Orlov 2 minutes for Cross Checking

NYR PPG – 9:13 – Chris Kreider (1) from Ryan Strome (1) and Adam Fox (1)

NYR Penalty – 9:57 – Barclay Goodrow 2 minutes for High Sticking

WAS Penalty – 10:05 – TJ Oshie 2 minutes for Tripping

WAS Goal – 12:01 – Alex Ovechkin (2) from Evgeny Kuznetsov (3) and Trevor van Riemsdyk (1)

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