The Washington Capitals are getting scorching at simply the suitable time.
The Capitals received their fourth straight sport and elevated their lead within the Metropolitan Division with a Four-2 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Sq. Backyard on Monday.
The identical groups will full the home-and-home set Wednesday night time at Capital One Enviornment.
Washington (45-24-7) swept its three-game highway journey, has received eight of 9, and leads second-place Pittsburgh by 5 factors.
“I could not inform you who’s in second, third, fourth,” Capitals ahead T.J. Oshie instructed NHL.com. “I do know we’re on the prime in our division and we now have to nonetheless maintain going, maintain getting factors.”
On Monday, the Capitals jumped out to a Four-Zero lead on first-period targets from Oshie, Matt Niskanen, Alex Ovechkin — his 45th — and Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Ovechkin’s objective chased Rangers starter Alexander Georgiev. Ondrej Pavelec got here on and allowed solely Kuznetsov’s 24th of the season, stopping 26-of-27 photographs in his first sport motion since Feb. 9.
The Rangers rallied behind Lias Andersson’s first NHL objective and Mats Zuccarello’s 16th of the season, however Philipp Grubauer (28 saves) allow them to get no nearer.
“We had been capable of win the second and third interval, however you’ll be able to’t play a primary interval like that and count on to come back away with two factors in opposition to a very good crew like that,” Rangers ahead Chris Kreider instructed NHL.com. “It is a good studying expertise for us,”
Grubauer has usual a 1.88 goals-against common over his previous 25 begins.
“The fellows in right here, you possibly can inform we weren’t all that pumped up,” Oshie instructed NHL.com. “We understand we received a interval and that is about it. (Grubauer) received the remaining for us.”
Braden Holtby served as Grubauer’s back-up Monday after being scratched the earlier two video games with a lower-body harm and is slated to start out Wednesday night time’s sport.
On Tuesday, coach Barry Trotz instructed the Washington Submit that Grubauer suffered “slightly tweak” in opposition to the New York Rangers on Monday night time, and the crew recalled goaltender Pheonix Copley.
“Our goaltending scenario is basically up within the air proper now as a result of we have got little nicks,” Trotz mentioned.
The Rangers (33-35-Eight), en path to lacking the playoffs for the primary time in seven seasons, noticed manufacturing from two gamers they hope will assist them contend for years to come back.
Anderson, 19, the seventh general decide in the latest draft, was making his NHL debut, and 18-year outdated Filip Chytil, chosen 21st, picked up an help. Each gamers had been referred to as up Sunday from Hartford.
“Each children had a very good sport, for an emotional day and an emotional sport for them,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault instructed the New York Submit. “I believed they performed effectively.”
Goalie Henrik Lundqvist (higher physique) didn’t gown for his third straight sport since being injured March 19. He returned to apply Tuesday and is slated to start out Wednesday night time.
“Now we have six video games, you need to get on the market and see some motion,” Lundqvist instructed reporters after apply. “Attempt to end robust right here. That is all we are able to do.”
In his profession, Lundqvist is 21-12-Four in opposition to Washington with a 2.65 GAA, a .908 save share and 4 shutouts. Holtby is 9-9-1 with a 2.44 GAA, .918 save share and one shutout versus the Rangers.
Ovechkin, with six video games remaining to get the 5 tallies he wants for a 50-goal season, has 30 targets and 18 assists in 51 video games in opposition to the Rangers.