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The Washington Capitals are back from their holiday break and their first test will be against the New York Rangers. Done is Alex Ovechkin’s history (for now). This game is a big one. The Capitals and Rangers are seperated by one point in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers have 43 and the Capitals have 42.
Tonight’s game is on NBC Sports Washington. Puck drop is a few minutes after 7 pm.
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Johansson-Eller-NAK and Orlov-Jensen get the start. Darcy Kuemper will face Igor Shesterkin in net.
The Capitals get off seven shot attempts in the first three minutes of the period.
The Capitals get 1:40 minute-long 5-on-3 PP advantage?
🚨 1-0 Capitals. Marcus Johansson scores on the power play from upclose. It looks like Jacob Trouba knocked the puck in as he tried to clear an Evgeny Kuznetsov rebound. The goal came at the 8:44 mark of the first.
A fun note from Joe Beninati during the first period. The Capitals and Rangers feature one Lindgren brother: Charlie (WSH) and Ryan (NYR). Three of the four brothers are goalies. Charlie has never faced Ryan, a defenseman, in his career.
Alex Alexeyev hit the post on an odd-man rush.
Nick Jensen gets whistled for closing his hand on the puck. The Rangers go to their first power play.
The Rangers outshot the Capitals 13-8 in the first period and out-attempted them at 5v5, 16-11. The Rangers held the expected goal advantage, 1.02 to 0.97.
Both teams at 5v5 seem to be trying to find their rhythms in real time after the three-day holiday break.
Garnet Hathaway and Ryan Lindgren exchanging shoves and getting acquainted with each other in the crease. I wonder what Charlie thinks when he sees this from the bench.
Erik Gustafsson gets walked by Julien Gauthier. Darcy Kuemper makes a huge save on the semi-breakaway. This play is under review after a call from the NHL. It’s still no goal.
🚨 2-0 Capitals. Gustafsson scores on a rebound of a four-on-two break. Vincent Trochek was injured in the Rangers offensive zone.
Gustafsson’s goal is being challenged by the Rangers for goaltender interference. Conor Sheary’s skate made contact with Shesterkin as he tried to make the save. The goal stands. Now the Capitals go to a power play because the Rangers lost the challenge.
Shesterkin makes an unbelievable save on Johansson with his glove.
Sheary rings the iron with about 20 seconds left in the power play.
🚨 3-0 Capitals. Lars Eller with the curl-and-drag, shoots it through the defenseman’s legs, and past Shesterkin’s blocker. That’s a McNuggets Minute goal.
The Capitals outshot the Rangers 23-20 but the Rangers are out-attempting the Capitals at 5v5, 32-26. The Capitals hold an expected goals edge, 1.39 to 1.18
The Rangers get an early period power play after Conor Sheary is whistled for a high stick.
The Capitals are snuffing out the Rangers here. NYR goes to a power play with 4:56 left. Rangers pull their goalie.
Nick Jensen, who already has stitches on his chin, is down the tunnel after taking a stick or puck to the face while he was on the ice in the corner.
🚨 4-0 Capitals. Conor Sheary scores an empty-net shorty. He blocked a point shot and ripped the puck into the net. He is now having a pain baby at the bench.
Garnet Hathaway to the box at 2:27 for interference.
Darcy Kuemper gets the shutout. Caps win 4-0.
The Rangers outshot the Capitals 31-30 and and out-attempted them 42-33 at 5v5. The Rangers finished the night with more expected goals: 3.28 to 2.76
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