Already leading 3-0 after one period of play, the Washington Capitals have extended their lead over the New York Rangers to 4-1 as the teams head into the second intermission.
Just a little under six minutes into the second period, Nicklas Backstrom scored to give the Caps a 4-0 advantage. Backstrom's 14th goal of the year was assisted by Alexander Semin and Roman Hamrlk. The always dangerous Rangers got in the board later in the period as a result of Brian Boyle's 11th goal of the year. Boyle's shot past Braden Holtby was assisted by Stu Bickel and Brandon Dubinsky.
With one period left to play, the Capitals leading despite the Rangers are holding a great advantage over them in regards to shots on goal. Branden Hotlby has managed to stop 23 of the 24 shots directed at him, giving the Capitals a much needed boost. Holtby will try and shut down the Rangers for more one period and give the Capitals some momentum with the playoffs approaching,
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