Antti Raanta made 32 saves while subbing for the injured Henrik Lundqvist and Derek Stepan scored as the New York Rangers bounced back from a loss in Pittsburgh to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 Friday night.
Raanta was pressed into starting duty after Lundqvist was ruled out because of neck spasms. He was stellar against the NHL's top team, helping the Rangers extend their streak of not losing consecutive games that dates to mid-December.
Jesper Fast and Keith Yandle also scored for the Rangers against Braden Holtby, who made 20 saves. Jay Beagle and T.J. Oshie had the Capitals' goals in the first game between the teams since New York acquired Eric Staal at the trade deadline. >> Read more...
- Talk about finding a way to win, the Rangers certainly did that last night with all the pressure the Caps put on.
- Antti Raanta was very good, again, for the Rangers and made a bunch of really big saves to keep the Rangers in the lead early and then preserve it late.
- If you squint really hard at the right time or at the right angle you can see the puck cross the line. It looks like a blob when they show it blown up on TV, but the NHL video review offices can probably see that same image in much higher quality. It was just a confusing situation because none of the angles/replays shown really indicated that, but the NHL has access to more angles and saw the puck in the net.
- Next up it's the Islanders in the Rangers third game in four nights against division teams that they could match up with at points during the playoffs.