Last night the Capitals defeated the New York Rangers 4-1 at Madison Square Garden. The game marked coach Barry Trotz’s 700th career win. After spending much of the season with a steady roster, this game featured some unfamiliar faces. As you probably heard, the Caps recently acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, and he made his debut. Additionally, the Hershey callups Riley Barber and Jakub Vrana played in lieu of an injured TJ Oshie and Andre Burakovsky.
The Caps started this game looking out of sync but managed to escape the first period actually up 16 to 15 in five-on-five shot attempts. From there they found their footing and finished the game up 58 to 42 in five-on-five shot attempts.