Rangers Embarrass Capitals In 7-0 Win In New York

In a game with 19 penalties and three fights, the Rangers crushed the Capitals as Washington's losing streak reaches six games.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers: Ryan Callahan Scores Two More To Give New York 7-0 Win

The Rangers scored seven goals on just 20 shots, including two more tallies in the third period to destroy the Capitals for a 7-0 win. It was not a good night for Semyon Varlamov, or Bruce Boudreau, or any individual associated with the Washington organization.

Ryan Callahan scored two goals in the final period to clinch the victory for New York and ensure that the Capitals would leave Madison Square Garden completely embarassed.

Also in the period, a shot from Alexander Semin hit Alex Ovechkin's right knee and the forward was slow to return to the bench. As might be expected, the New York crowd cheered. It pretty much summed up the night for the Capitals.

The game included 19 penalities, three fights, and ejections to Jason Chimera and Brandon Prust. The good news for Washington is that the team has only one game in the next six days. They face Anaheim at home on Wednesday before traveling to Boston to face the Bruins on Saturday.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers: New York Nets 4 In Second Period

A giveway by Karl Alzner led to an unassisted goal by Artem Anisimov for the first score of the period. He used Washington defender Scott Hannan as a screen so that Semyon Varlamov couldn't get a clean view of the shot. Anisimov shot the puck through Hannan's legs and into the net.

Hannan was sent to the penalty box for holding almost immediately afterwards, and the Rangers scored their third and prettiest goal of the night with seven seconds remaining in the power play. A wrist shot from Marc Staal found the stick of Marian Gaborik for a deflection right between Varlamov's legs. The goaltender had no chance.

The same can't be said for New York's next goal though. Brandon Dubinsky shot the puck at the middle of the goal and Varlamov couldn't get low enough fast enough to keep it out of the net. For the second time in under two minutes, the Rangers scored via Varlamov's five-hole.

The Capitals did their best to get back into it later in the period. They've hit the post three times in the first half of the game. After the third post-ringer, Alex Ovechkin took out his frustration on Dan Girardi, butt-checking the New York defenseman unexpectedly. Brandon Dubinsky didn't like that, and dropped gloves to challenge Ovechkin to a fight. The captain obliged and held his own against the larger Dubinsky in an effort to fire up his team.

It didn't work. Even when Washington was on a power play, the Rangers just wouldn't stop scoring. A great pass from Brian Boyle to Marc Staal gave New York a shorthanded goal as Staal deked Varlamov and put it away.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers: Lucky Bounce Nets Goal For Brandon Prust

Tonight should be the night that the Capitals bounce back from their five-game losing streak. After losing four straight games at the Verizon Center, the Capitals are hitting the road and taking on the Rangers, who have struggled this season at Madison Square Garden.

Instead of bouncing back though, the Capitals instead had the disfortune of watching the puck bounce into their own net.

Towards the end of a very evenly played first period, the Rangers caught a break. Alexander Frolov fed Brandon Prust from behind the net. Prust took a shot that caromed off the skate of Tom Poti and into the net of Semyon Varlamov. The goal came with just over two minutes remaining before intermission.

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Capitals Vs. Rangers: Washington Tries To Snap Five-Game Winning Streak

After last night's loss to the Colorado Avalanche, the Washington Capitals are fully involved in their longest losing streak in the Bruce Boudreau era. Tonight, they hope to end that five-game skid when they travel to New York to face the New York Rangers.

Washington fell 3-2 to the Avalanche in a game in which they never led. The Avalanche took a 3-1 lead into the third period, and only a late goal provided the final margin. It was also an ugly game for Alexander Semin, who was ejected for a vicious cross-checking penalty. Semin will play against the Rangers, but was fined for the check, as he should have been.

The Rangers have 35 points and are currently in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. This is a team the Capitals should beat. Then again, all these teams they've lost to are also teams they should have beaten.

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