Rangers Vs. Capitals: New York Defeats Washington 6-3 In Post-Holiday Showdown

The Rangers scored four goals in the second period en route to a 6-3 win over the Caps Friday.

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Rangers Vs. Capitals: New York Finishes Off Washington, 6-3, In Friday Afternoon Shootout

The Washington Capitals had their two-game winning streak snapped on Friday afternoon by the Rangers, 6-3, in a game that saw New York score a barrage of goals in the game’s second and third periods. Coming off consecutive 4-3 wins over Phoenix and Winnipeg on Monday and Wednesday, the Capitals hoped to be completely out of the funk that had seen them drop six of seven prior to their two wins earlier this week. However, after allowing six goals to the Rangers in Friday afternoon’s loss, the Capitals may not quite be out of the woods just yet.

Marian Gaborik got the scoring started for the Rangers three and a half minutes into the second period. A few short minutes later, Artem Anisimov netted his second goal of the season to put NY up by two. Rusian Fedotenko put the Rangers up by three just over a minute later and it appeared the game was headed for a blowout. Goals by Brouwer and Carlson, however, cut the lead to 3-2 with still more than seven minutes to play in the period. New York increased the lead back to two with the sixth goal of the period when Brian Boyle capitalized on a loose rebound in front of Michael Neuvirth and scored.

Alex Ovechkin scored a meaningless goal, his eighth of the season, in the third period with the Caps trailing 5-2. The goal snapped Ovi’s six-game streak without finding the net.

The Capitals are now 12-8-1 on the year, and have fallen out of the top spot in the Southeastern Division and all the way down to eighth overall in the Eastern Conference . They’ll skate again tomorrow night at Buffalo. For more Caps coverage, visit Japers’ Rink.

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Rangers Vs. Capitals: Shootout Commences In Second Period As Rangers Lead Caps 4-2

What defensive battle?

A scoreless first period gave way to a six-goal second period as the New York Rangers lead the Washington Capitals 4-2.

Marian Gaborik put the Rangers up 1-0 at 3:37. A John Carlson turnover at the point gave Derek Stepan and Gaborik a 2-on-1 break. Jeff Schultz slid across the slot in an attempt to block the shot and while he got a piece of it, he didn't get enough as Gaborik was able to steady the puck and fire a slap shot past Michal Neuvirth for his 10th goal of the season.

About three minutes later, Artem Anisimov finished a passing sequence on the power play with a wrist shot that beat Neuvirth for his second goal of the season to make it 2-0. Ruslan Fedotenko added to the lead just 1:03 later when he converted Marcus Johansson's turnover to give New York a 3-0 cushion.

Brouwer's goal gave the Caps life 58 seconds later when he put Carlson's rebound past Henrik Lundqvist. Carlson atonded for his earlier sin at 12:52 when his slap shot on the power play beat Lundqvist up high for his fourth goal of the season.

Much to the Caps' chagrin, Brian Boyle took advantage of a loose rebound in front of Neuvirth to extend the Rangers' lead to 4-2 at 16:49.

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Rangers Vs. Capitals: Defensive Battle Ensues In Scoreless Tie Between Caps, Rangers

Games between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers are routinely tight, defensive games. Friday's first period was no different as the Caps and Rangers are tied at 0-0 after 20 minutes.

The Caps had the best chance of the period early on. Cody Eakin shrugged off a check and rushed down the left boards, setting up a 2-on-1 with Joel Ward. Eakin fed Ward with a perfect pass through the slot, but Lundqvist slid over in time andmade the save. Ward leads the Caps with three shots on goal.

Lundqvist and Michal Neuvirth each made eight saves. Both teams have had their chances; the Rangers are 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Caps are 0-for-2.

For more on the Black Friday game between the Rangers and Capitals, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Capitals, visit Japers' Rink. For more on the Rangers, visit Blueshirt Banter and SB Nation New York.

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Rangers Vs. Capitals: Michal Neuvirth To Start In Net For Washington

The Washington Capitals will turn to Michal Neuvirth to start at goalie when they square off against the New York Rangers in a Black Friday matinee at the Verizon Center. Neuvirth will get the start over Tomas Vokoun, who has started the past three games.

Neuvirth last started on the road against the Winnipeg Jets on November 17, picking up a loss. Overall, Neuvirth has struggled this season, with a 2-3 record, a 3.46 goals-against average and an .877 save percentage. Vokoun has been the stronger goalie, but the team is working to preserve his workload, and the hope is more playing time will be beneficial for getting Neuvirth back to where he was last season.

For more on the Black Friday game between the Rangers and Capitals, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Capitals, visit Japers' Rink. For more on the Rangers, visit Blueshirt Banter and SB Nation New York.

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Rangers Vs. Capitals: No Love Lost Between Washington, New York In Post-Holiday Showdown

The Caps and Rangers will restore their rivalry Friday at Verizon Center.

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