After another long break, the Caps returned to action on Wednesday by hosting the rebuilding New York Rangers. A surprisingly uneven performance from the home team gave the Rangers every opportunity to stay in the game, turning what should have been two easy points into an overtime nail-biter.
The Rangers scored first, with Mika Zibanejad cleaning up a tasty rebound from Neal Pionk. The Caps responded with John Carlson’s monster slapshot during a power play, tying the score after twenty minutes. The second period was a bit sloppy, but Ovechkin opened up scoring with an Ovi Shot from the Spot. Jim Vesey got a lucky bounce off Devante Smith-Pelly to score a power-play goal of his own, which I guess was infuriating to Ovechkin, so he got another one before the period was up. Chris Kreider restored the tie with a tip-in in the third, which pushed us out of rego and into overtime, where Matt Niskanen cleaned up a rebound to end it.
Caps win 4-3 in overtime!