NYR
51-24-7
WSH
42-32-8

32 SOG
23 SOG

Five-game winning streak comes to end vs. Capitals

xxx | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Game No. 35; Road Game No. 19 Rangers' Record: 22-9-4
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Alexander Semin scored twice, Troy Brouwer tallied the tiebreaking goal midway through the second period, and the Washington Capitals halted the Rangers' five-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory on Wednesday night.

With the game tied 1-1, Brouwer got tangled with defenseman Ryan McDonagh in front of the Blueshirts net. Brouwer not only screened goalie Martin Biron but redirected John Carlson's drive from the left point for his 10th goal of the season at 10:24.

Marcus Johansson also scored for the Capitals, who snapped a two-game skid by beating the top team in the Eastern Conference. Alex Ovechkin had two assists.

Brandon Dubinsky scored for the Rangers, 7-3 in their last 10 games. Marian Gaborik, tied for the NHL lead with 22 goals, had his run of five straight games with a goal stopped.

Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves for the victory.

Johansson gave Washington a 1-0 lead 8:18 in, but the Rangers used a fortuitous bounce to tie it at 17:16. After Rangers captain Ryan Callahan dived to block Carlson's shot, the puck squirted up the ice -- setting up Dubinsky to beat Vokoun on a 2-on-1 break.

Under three minutes after Brouwer's redirect put the Capitals ahead, Ovechkin's hard check in the neutral zone knocked the puck loose from Brad Richards. Nicklas Backstrom got to it, and his shovel pass sprung Semin, who got a step on a defender and converted a back-hander for a 3-1 Capitals lead.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME

STAT OF THE GAME
The Rangers held Washington scoreless in two shorthanded situations (a total of 4:00), and have held opponents scoreless in eight of their last 11 games (30-for-34, 88.2 percent) while tallying four shorthanded goals during the stretch.

THREE STARS
(selected by newyorkrangers.com)
1. Callahan 2. Anisimov 3. McDonagh


THE BIGGER PICTURE
The reason this team has reached the top of its division is because through the first 35 games, losses like this one have been like mini wake-up calls. Look for another emphatic bounceback effort at Florida on Friday before the NHL Winter Classic at Philadelphia.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- McDonagh (25:17)
Shots -- Four players tied (4)
Hits -- Callahan (5)
Blocks -- Callahan (4)
Takeaways -- McDonagh (1)
Faceoffs -- Boyle (12)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP AT WASHINGTON
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
Brandon Dubinsky Brian Boyle John Mitchell
Ruslan Fedotenko Mike Rupp Brandon Prust
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
Jeff Woywitka Stu Bickel
Goaltenders: Martin Biron, Henrik Lundqvist
Starting Lineup: Biron, McDonagh, Girardi, Dubinsky, Boyle, Mitchell.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Brandon Dubinsky Mitchell/Boyle Ryan Callahan
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Brad Richards
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Ryan Callahan Brandon Dubinsky
Ruslan Fedotenko Artem Anisimov
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
1st2nd3rdT
NYR
WSH
Scoring Summary
1st Period
08:18WSH Marcus Johansson (7) ASST: Jeff Halpern (7) 1 - 0 WSH
17:16NYR Brandon Dubinsky (3) ASST: Ryan Callahan (14) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
10:24WSH Troy Brouwer (10) ASST: John Carlson (17) 2 - 1 WSH
13:02WSH Alexander Semin (8) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (24), Alex Ovechkin (14) 3 - 1 WSH
3rd Period
17:25WSH Alexander Semin (9) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (15), Karl Alzner (10) 4 - 1 WSH
Three Stars of the Game
Alexander Semin
1st
Alexander Semin
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:40
Alex Ovechkin
2nd
Alex Ovechkin
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 4
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:20
Troy Brouwer
3rd
Troy Brouwer
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 17:28
Penalty Summary
1st Period
10:56WSH Karl Alzner  Holding against  Artem Anisimov
14:40WSH John Erskine  Tripping against  Mike Rupp
18:19NYR Stu Bickel  Hi-sticking against  Brooks Laich
2nd Period
13:20WSH Jay Beagle  Tripping against  Brandon Prust
3rd Period
05:22NYR Marian Gaborik  Hi-sticking against  Troy Brouwer
11:36WSH Dennis Wideman  Elbowing against  Derek Stepan
13:46WSH Troy Brouwer  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
shots by period
PeriodNYRWSH
1st89
2nd98
3rd156
Total3223
Team Stats
CategoryNYRWSH
Power Plays0/50/2
Hits1522
Faceoff Wins2328
Giveaways713
Takeaways12
Blocked Shots1820
Penalty Minutes410
  • NY RANGERS
  • WASHINGTON
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
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19B. RichardsC00-34019:32
21D. StepanC0001021:57
22B. BoyleC00-11015:58
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34J. MitchellC0001014:36
41S. BickelD00-1229:13
42A. AnisimovC0002022:03
62C. HagelinL00-32012:40
71M. RuppL000005:15
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
43M. Biron1923.82659:55
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
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6D. WidemanD0002225:47
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15J. HalpernC0123016:03
19N. BackstromC0120022:19
20T. BrouwerR1023217:28
21B. LaichC0001017:49
22M. KnubleR000109:25
25J. ChimeraL0000014:21
26M. HendricksL000106:44
27K. AlznerD0130221:24
28A. SeminR2014015:40
42J. WardR0001012:21
44R. HamrlikD0003021:01
74J. CarlsonD0120023:35
81D. OrlovD0010015:31
83J. BeagleR000125:55
90M. JohanssonC1011016:06
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
29T. Vokoun3132.96960:00