Capitals Rally, Defeat Rangers, 3-2; Mantha, Dowd, Oshie Score

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The Washington Capitals defeated the New York Rangers by a score of 3-2 in a Saturday matinee at Capital One Arena. The win improved the Capitals’ record to 20-14-6 and 46 points on the season. Goaltender Charlie Lindgren made 24 saves in the victory.

The Lineup

Max Pacioretty – Dylan Strome – T.J. Oshie
Hendrix Lapierre – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Anthony Mantha
Aliaksei Protas – Connor McMichael – Tom Wilson
Beck Malenstyn – Nic Dowd – Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Martin Fehervary – John Carlson
Trevor van Riemsdyk – Ethan Bear
Joel Edmundson – Nick Jensen

Lindgren
Darcy Kuemper

Scratches: Right-wing Matthew Phillips and defenseman Alex Alexeyev

Injuries: Captain Alex Ovechkin (lower body), defenseman Rasmus Sandin (upper body), left-wing Sonny Milano (upper body), and center Nicklas Backstrom (hip)


First Period

The Rangers would get the afternoon’s first goal from defenseman Adam Fox, taking a 1-0 lead at the 13:23 mark.

After a beautiful pass from McMichael (8), Mantha (12) would tie the game at one-a-piece late in the frame.

Quick Stats

SOG: 8-5 Rangers

Face-Off Win %: 82% (Rangers), 17% (Capitals)

Hits: 11-2 Rangers


Second Period

Fox would pot his second of the game at the 5:15 mark, giving New York a 2-1 lead.

Quick Stats

Total SOG: 17-15 Rangers

Face-Off Win %: 71% (Rangers), 28% (Capitals)

Total Hits: 18-8 Rangers


Third Period

Dowd (7) would tie the game, 2-2, nearly seven minutes into the final frame. Kuznetsov (8) and Carlson (21) assisted.

The Capitals would take the lead, 3-2, at the 8:29 mark, thanks to Oshie (3). The assists went to Strome (10) and Edmundson (2).

Quick Stats

Total SOG: 27-21 Rangers

Face-Off Win %: 69% (Rangers), 30% (Capitals)

Total Hits: 25-14 Rangers

Notes Through the Game

  • Mantha has scored the Capitals’ first goal of the game a team-leading nine times.
  • Mantha has scored in all three games against the Rangers this season.
  • Four of McMichael’s eight assists this season have come on goals scored by Mantha.
  • Dowd has recorded four points (3g, 1a) in his last four games.
  • With the goal, Oshie passes Dennis Maruk (182) for the 10th-most goals in franchise history.
  • Kuznetsov’s 34 points (10g, 24a) in 38 career games against the Rangers are the second-most points he has registered against a single opponent (NJD: 36p in 42 GP).
  • Carlson has registered five points (2g, 3a) in his last five games.
  • With a 3-2 win this afternoon, the Capitals improve to 9-3-0 in their last 12 games against the Rangers at home.
  • Capitals defensemen have combined for 13 points (3g, 10a) over Washington’s last six games, led by Carlson’s five points (2g, 3a).

The Capitals wrap up their back-to-back and home-and-home set with the Rangers on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. Coverage begins at 1 PM on NHL Network nationally and Monumental Sports Network locally.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on X: @dellayoung


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