The Washington Capitals ended the first period with the New York Rangers tied 1-1, with Caps Marcus Johansson striking first blood, assisted by Jeff Halpern. The Rangers quickly answered back with a goal of their own by Brandon Dubinsky however, assisted by Ryan Callahan, to tie the game.
The Caps pulled away in the second period however, thanks to goals by Troy Brouwer and Alexander Semin to take a 3-1 lead. Early in the third period the Caps put the nail in the coffin when Alexander Semin picked up his second goal of the game, assisted by Alex Ovechkin and Karl Alzner. On the night in the 4-1 victory, Tomas Vokoun saved 32 of 33 shots on goal.
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