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

Rangers roll over Capitals to widen lead in the East

xxx | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

2011-12 Game No. 54; Home Game No. 26 Rangers' Record: 36-13-5
VIDEO: HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
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GAME RECAP

Associated Press

Ryan Callahan scored for the fifth time in four days and defenseman Ryan McDonagh snapped a second-period tie to lift the Rangers to a 3-2 victory over Washington on Sunday.

Callahan, who notched his second NHL hat trick Saturday with three goals in a 5-2 win at Philadelphia, got the Eastern Conference leaders going on Sunday in the first period. McDonagh gave the Blueshirts a 2-1 lead with 6:39 left in the second with his fifth of the season, and Brandon Prust snapped a 48-game drought with a short-handed tally in the third.

Henrik Lundqvist did the rest, making 24 saves to earn his second win in two days. The Rangers (36-13-5) have won three straight, four of five, and six of eight (6-1-1). They are 19-5-1 in their past 25 games and 33-10-3 since starting the season 3-3-2.

Alexander Semin scored, defenseman John Carlson had a goal and assist, and Michal Neuvirth stopped 25 shots for the Capitals, who have lost four of six (2-3-1).

Callahan has been on a three-game tear and has been the driving offensive force in the Rangers' latest winning streak in a season that has been full of them. He deftly dealt with a puck in his skates, off a pass from defenseman Anton Stralman, who found him on the goal line to the left of Neuvirth. Callahan kicked the puck to his stick, shifted to his backhand and lifted a shot under the crossbar for his 22nd goal of the season as he fell to the ice at 11:01 of the first.

Washington got even 6:31 into the second when Semin took a smooth drop pass from Jason Chimera above the right circle and fired a shot past Lundqvist for his 15th of the season.

The lead didn't last long, as McDonagh struck late in the period.
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STAT OF THE GAME
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill held the Capitals scoreless in two shorthanded situations (4:00 total icetime), while tallying one shorthanded goal, and finished the back-to-back weekend set 6-for-6 on the penalty kill. The Rangers improved to 26-6-2 when not allowing a power-play goal, and are currently tied for third in the league with seven shorthanded goals on the season.

THREE STARS
(selected by the local media)
1. McDonagh 2. Prust 3. Dubinsky


THE BIGGER PICTURE
This win was a statement on many levels. It ran the team's current winning streak to three games; it defeated the team that knocked the Rangers out of their last two playoff appearances, and pushed them ahead of the Red Wings in the standings.
RANGERS LEADERS
Icetime -- McDonagh (25:23)
Shots -- Gaborik (5)
Hits -- Callahan (6)
Blocks -- McDonagh (5)
Takeaways -- Richards (3)
Faceoffs -- Boyle (20)

NEW YORK RANGERS LINEUP VS. WASHINGTON
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Artem Anisimov Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Carl Hagelin Brad Richards Ryan Callahan
Brandon Dubinsky Brian Boyle Brandon Prust
Mike Rupp John Mitchell Stu Bickel
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Anton Stralman
Marc Staal Steve Eminger
Goaltenders: Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron
Starting Lineup: Lundqvist, McDonagh, Girardi, Dubinsky, Boyle, Prust.
POWER PLAY UNITS
FORWARD LINES
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Ryan Callahan Derek Stepan Marian Gaborik
Artem Anisimov John Mitchell Brandon Dubinsky
POINT MEN
Left Point Right Point
Michael Del Zotto Brad Richards
Ryan McDonagh Anton Stralman
PENALTY KILLING UNITS
FORWARD UNITS
Forward Forward
Brandon Prust Brian Boyle
Ryan Callahan Brandon Dubinsky
Artem Anisimov Brad Richards
DEFENSE PAIRINGS
Left Defense Right Defense
Ryan McDonagh Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto Steve Eminger
Scoring Summary
1st Period
11:01NYR Ryan Callahan (22) ASST: Anton Stralman (8), Brad Richards (22) 1 - 0 NYR
2nd Period
06:31WSH Alexander Semin (15) ASST: Jason Chimera (11), John Carlson (20) 1 - 1 Tie
13:21NYR Ryan McDonagh (5) ASST: Brian Boyle (10), Brandon Dubinsky (17) 2 - 1 NYR
3rd Period
06:26NYR SHG - Brandon Prust (3) ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (18), Marc Staal (1) 3 - 1 NYR
17:32WSH John Carlson (7) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (21), Roman Hamrlik (7) 3 - 2 NYR
Three Stars of the Game
Ryan McDonagh
1st
Ryan McDonagh
D
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 25:23
Brandon Prust
2nd
Brandon Prust
LW
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:45
Brandon Dubinsky
3rd
Brandon Dubinsky
C
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 4
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:56
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:07WSH Dennis Wideman  Hooking against  Stu Bickel
2nd Period
15:47NYR Marc Staal  Slashing against  Keith Aucoin
3rd Period
01:58WSH Matt Hendricks  Hooking against  Marian Gaborik
04:30NYR Artem Anisimov  Hooking against  Jeff Halpern
shots by period
PeriodWSHNYR
1st78
2nd811
3rd119
Total2628
Team Stats
CategoryWSHNYR
Power Plays0/20/2
Hits2037
Faceoff Wins1931
Giveaways311
Takeaways410
Blocked Shots1325
Penalty Minutes44
  • WASHINGTON
  • NY RANGERS
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
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6D. WidemanD0001228:00
8A. OvechkinR01-15022:32
15J. HalpernC00-1309:40
20T. BrouwerR00-10015:38
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42J. WardR00-1109:40
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74J. CarlsonD1111025:45
81D. OrlovD00-20018:16
83J. BeagleR0010011:06
85M. PerreaultC0011015:05
90M. JohanssonC00-11020:50
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30M. Neuvirth2528.89359:13
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4M. Del ZottoD0011019:09
5D. GirardiD0013022:46
8B. PrustL1022016:45
10M. GaborikR0005020:57
17B. DubinskyC0221018:56
18M. StaalD0101219:36
19B. RichardsC0101018:08
21D. StepanC0002017:36
22B. BoyleC0104017:55
24R. CallahanR10-14018:57
27R. McDonaghD1011025:23
32A. StralmanD0100013:44
34J. MitchellC000008:43
41S. BickelD000003:30
42A. AnisimovC0001216:42
44S. EmingerD00-10018:11
62C. HagelinL00-12014:14
71M. RuppL000004:48
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30H. Lundqvist2426.92360:00