If yesterday was a day breaking out of its powerplay woes, today was the day for several Rangers’ players to break out of goal-less streaks as Ryan McDonagh and Brandon Prust both snapped long droughts in the Blueshirts’ 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals.
The Rangers took the lead midway through the first period when Ryan Callahan scored his fifth goal in three games to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. He had a chance later in the period to extend the lead to two, but hit the post.
The Capitals tied it 1-1 in the second when Alexander Semin‘s blast beat Henrik Lundqvist, a goal he would probably like to have back.
McDonagh’s first goal since Dec. 1 came on a beautiful toe-drag move, and gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead. The celebration was cut short when McDonagh appeared to injure his knee. Although he was helped off the ice, he returned a few minutes later.
The Rangers put the game away on a shorthanded goal by Prust at 6:26 of the third on a beautiful feed from Brandon Dubinsky. It was Prust’s first tally since Oct. 20 against the Calgary Flames. The Capitals added a goal late by John Carlson, but it was too little too late.
- We’re really running out of compliments for this team. They were just the better team in all facets of the ice today. They outworked and wore the Capitals down, and stymied their powerful offense.
- Sure he isn’t having a normal season, but anytime you could hold Alex Ovechkin to just an assist, you know you had a good day defensively.
- Where is this offense coming from for Callahan. He had his goal and could have easily had a second if he didn’t shank it. The Captain is leading by example.
- Lundqvist had a typical Lundqvist game today, which is dominant. Though he finished with just 24 saves, there were a few big ones, especially on a third period scramble to keep his team on top.
- Brad Richards had another strong game, and is really making things happen. The team is going to need him to be one of its best players for the stretch run and in the playoffs.
- I know I’m not the only one who couldn’t concentrate on the game after McDonagh left the ice. What about when Dan Girardi took the puck off the helmet in the first?
- Marc Staal registered his first point of the season tonight, and just keeps getting better and better. He loves joining the rush, and is really showing he’s getting more comfortable on the ice.
- Derek Stepan is going to be a star in this league. He’s such a balanced, well-rounded player who is just fun to watch.
- It’s so satisfying beating the Capitals, a team that has ended our season twice in the last three seasons.
- Doesn’t get much easier on Tuesday night, when the Rangers take on the Boston Bruins.