The Washington Capitals kicked off Monday night with a flurry of offense and ended it with, well, something. Doesn’t matter; the suddenly young New York Rangers didn’t have a reply to a four-goal first period.
And hoo boy, did the Caps whip the donkey in the first period. Nick Backstrom set up TJ Oshie, then Evgeny Kuznetsov set up Matt Niskanen. Alex Ovechkin got an Ovi Shot from the Ovi Spot, which chased rookie goalie Alexander Georgiev from net, but the Caps weren’t done yet: Evgeny Kuznetsov recorded a shorty before the period was up.
The second was more tame, but Rangers rookie Lias Andersson scored his first NHL goal to crack Grubauer’s shutout bid. The third period saw Mats Zuccarello make it 4-2 while the Caps tripped on their laces, but that was enough for one night.
Caps beat Rangers 4-2!
Kuznetsov's shorthanded goal here tonight is his first shorthanded point in the NHL since he scored a SHG as his first NHL goal four years ago yesterday, on 3/25/14. #CapsNYR
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) March 27, 2018
Me looking at tonight’s Rangers roster of the night
The Rangers come to DC for a Wednesday night rivalry game, so let’s do this again then, and maybe the boys will play a solid sixty.
Headline photo: Jared Silber
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