After a comeback victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs two nights before, the Washington Capitals continued their homestand by taking on the New York Rangers on Friday night. Antti Raanta got the start for the Rags with Henrik Lundqvist out with an injury. Braden Holtby got the start for the Caps. Michael Latta, Stanislav Galiev and Nate Schmidt were the scratches.
PERIOD 1: It’s all about the climb…
The Rangers came into the Verizon Center ready to play. They were swarming the ice and screening Holtby in the hopes of netting a few pucks. The Caps got in the hole early giving up two goals, one of which was scored on a powerplay. It seems that, yet again, our boys will be spending a lot of time in the sin bin.
GOALS: Jesper Fast scored, assisted by Dan Girardi, and Keith Yandle scored, assisted by Derek Brassard.
PENALTIES: Marc Staal called for tripping, Jay Beagle called for roughing, J.T. Miller called for roughing, and Karl Alzner called for tripping.
SCORE: Caps down, 0-2
PERIOD 2– Secondary scoring
The Caps finally came to play this game! After a mediocre first few minutes, the Caps started playing with some passion. After lengthy reviews by the officials, Jay Beagle scored his first goal since returning from injury and T.J. Oshie added another one during the power play. Raanta had some spectacular saves on his end and Holtby stood tall in his crease.
GOALS: Jay Beagle and T.J. Oshie scored, both unassisted. Beagle scored his 7th of the season and Oshie scored his 19th of the season.
PENALTIES: Tanner Glass called for slashing.
SCORE: Caps tie it up, 2-2
PERIOD 3: Too little, too late
The Caps were back in the hole early in the third. The Rangers scored just 17 seconds in to give them back the lead. The Caps were pressuring ferociously the entire period but could not get anything past Raanta. They almost got another reviewed call go their way. However, Raanta got extremely lucky as the puck did not cross the line. They had plenty of other great chances but they just couldn’t get stick to puck and in the net.
GOALS: Derek Stepan scored, assisted by Ryan McDonagh.
PENALTIES: Justin Williams called for slashing.
SCORE: Caps lose, 2-3
The Caps had a pretty decent game–if you looked at only the second and third periods. The sleepy slow start was detrimental and they just could not complete the comeback climb that we are all used to seeing. The Caps are now 47-13-4 and still have 98 points.
Their next game is Saturday at Boston at 7pm on CSN.