The Rangers (2-4) defeated the Capitals (2-5) tonight by a score of 2-0. Goals were scored by John Moore assisted by Richards and McDonagh, and by Ryan Callahan assisted by Richards and Brassard. Lundqvist made 22 saves to earn the shutout.
1st Period- The Rangers were pretty fundamentally sound. They killed off 2 penalties (although the Caps missed one or two great chances) and had a few chances offensively). Overall their team defense and coverage was much better.
2nd Period- The Rangers dominated. They had consistent offensive pressure, hit a post, forced Holtby to make a lot of saves, and scored twice. John Moore scored on a quick wrist shot from the high slot, and Callahan scored a nice goal right in front of the net.
3rd Period- Play was more even, Lundqvist was very strong and the team played well defensively. Stepan got blindsided in the head by Brouwer in a kind of accidental hit and the team didn’t appreciate that too much. The Caps were pushing hard in the last few minutes but the Rangers blocked shots and Lundqvist made saves to help the king earn his first shutout of the season.
Overall the Rangers played a very strong game, they were more responsible defensively and did a better job in the neutral zone. They still made some sloppy turnovers, but overall played well. In the second period they dominated, outshooting the Caps 21 to 6. Lundqvist played well and got a much deserved shutout.
Brad Richards- He was a force offensively, he had 5 shots on goal and assisted on both goals.
Dominic Moore- He played very well defensively, coming back to help out in the defensive zone, and also was strong on the forecheck.
Justin Falk- 8:57 TOI, 5 PIM: He got in a fight in the first period, but otherwise had a quiet game, and didn’t do much to indicate he should be a regular in the lineup.
Henrik Lundqvist- 46th Career Shutout: He is now 3 behind Eddie Giacomin for the franchise record.
The Rangers face the Devils on Saturday at 7pm, as they look to put some wins together and get back on track.