- John Moore 1 (Assists: Brad Richards 2, Ryan McDonagh 1)
- Ryan Callahan 3 (Assists: Brad Richards 3, Derick Brassard 4)
- Whatever the reason, the practice/video days, coming back East, playing a familiar opponent, it doesn't matter, this was the Rangers team that we have been waiting for and expecting to see. They were executing the game plan, solid defensively, creating offense and had great goaltending.
- Brad Richards, and his line, was great all night and Richards picked up two assists. That is a very good line and once Rick Nash and Carl Hagelin are healthy, and can flank Derek Stepan, the Rangers should have two very good and balanced scoring lines.
- Henrik Lundqvist made some tremendous saves and deserves this shutout.
- Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh looked like Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh tonight. That, almost more than anything, could be the best thing about this win for the Rangers.
Game notes via the Rangers:
- The Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 2-0, tonight at Verizon Center, in their first divisional matchup of the season.
- The Blueshirts are now 2-4-0 overall (4 pts), including a 2-4-0 mark on the road.
- The Rangers have out-scored the Capitals, 8-0, in their last three meetings, including the 2013 playoffs.
- The Blueshirts improved to 5-1-0 in their last six regular season games at Washington, having out-scored the Capitals, 21-9, over the span.
- The Rangers have now registered a point in nine of their last 11 regular season meetings with the Capitals, posting an 8-2-1 record and out-scoring Washington, 36-19, during the stretch.
- New York out-shot Washington, 36-22, including a 21-6 advantage in the second period. The 36 shots are a season-high for the Rangers, while their 21 shots in the second were the most for the Blueshirts in a single period since March 15, 2011* (21 shots in the first period against NY Islanders). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
- The Blueshirts’ penalty kill held the Capitals scoreless in four shorthanded situations (4:37), and are now 14-16 (87.5%) in the last three games.
- The Rangers out-hit the Capitals, 35-21, with 16 of 18 skaters registering at least one hit in the contest.
- The Blueshirts were credited with 22 blocked shots, including six players who recorded two or more blocked shots.
- Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves to post his first shutout of the season, and 46th of his career. He improved to 2-3-0 overall this season, including a 2-3-0 mark on the road. Lundqvist is now three regular season shutouts shy of Ed Giacomin’s franchise record.
- Lundqvist has now shutout the Capitals in each of their last three meetings, including Games 6 and 7 of the 2013 playoffs. His shutout streak against Washington is currently at 180:00 mins.
- Brad Richards tallied two assists, five shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 20:13 of ice time. He has registered seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last five games, including four points (one goal, three assists) in the last two games.
- Ryan Callahan notched a goal, a team-high, six shots, and a game-high, five hits in 22:06 of ice time. He has now recorded three goals in the last two games.
- John Moore registered his first point of the season with a goal while skating four-on-four, and established a single-game career-high with five shots in 14:17 of ice time.
- Derick Brassard tallied an assist, posted a plus-two rating, and won a team-high, 10 faceoffs in 20:33 of ice time. He has now registered four assists in the last four games, including three assists in the last two contests.
- Ryan McDonagh recorded an assist and posted a plus-two rating in a team-high, 25:14 of ice time. He now leads all team defensemen in scoring with two points (one goal, one assist) this season.
- Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman tied for the game-high with four blocked shots apiece. Girardi was also credited with four hits in 24:08 of ice time.