The Capitals continued their hot streak as they won their fourth in a row against the Rangers, 4-2, in Washington, D.C >> Box score
- 0:14 WSH Jay Beagle; Assists: Devante Smith-Pelly, Chandler Stephenson
- 11:42 WSH Nicklas Backstrom
- 19:03 NYR Michael Grabner; Assists: J.T. Miller, Ryan McDonagh
- 9:37 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Paul Carey, Marc Staal
- 16:28 WSH Matt Niskanen; Assists: Tom Wilson, Alex Ovechkin
- 18:28 WSH Tom Wilson; Assists: Nicklas Backstrom, Dmitry Orlov
Michael Grabner! Grabner sends one past Holtby and the Rangers are within 1! pic.twitter.com/h1uJmL6g9v- NHL Daily 365 (@NHLDaily365) December 9, 2017
Jesper Fast scores to tie it up at 2! Rangers tie it up! pic.twitter.com/tfiDbia2EF- NHL Daily 365 (@NHLDaily365) December 9, 2017
- This is a frustrating loss that, like the game against the Panthers recently, should have at least netted the Rangers a point.
- The Rangers played a weak first period but were good in the second and found a way to get the tying goal in the third. Turnovers though hurt the Rangers as did some shoddy positioning and a long shift on the eventual game winner for the Caps.
- It seemed like a bit of an uneven game on both sides with both goalies making terrific saves and also probably wanting a goal back.
- Besides the goal he allowed 14 seconds in, I thought that Henrik Lundqvist was really good tonight, mostly a continuation of his strong play the last few weeks. I thought that after his performance and the win in Pittsburgh that Ondrej Pavelec would start tonight but Henrik did a fine job. I think Pavelec should get tomorrow's game against Jersey because it's a back to back and the Rangers really need to make sure Pavelec's game is in order with more starts on the way.
- The PP definitely misses Mika Zibanejad and the threat of his shot but the PP had been going through a rough patch before Mika was hurt. I'm not sure what he solution is but the Rangers need to find a way to get their PP going again and being a big threat like it was a few weeks ago.
- So the Rangers play a pretty good, not great, game tonight, made a comeback and should have gotten at least a point. Instead this game is a frustrating loss and tomorrow they will go up against a Devils team that blew a lead tonight in their own loss.
The Rangers host the Devils at Madison Square Garden on Saturday at 7 p.m.