Flurry of Offense for the Rangers in 7-0 Victory over Washington
New York, NY - The New York Rangers (18-13-1) found a flurry of offense in their 7-0 victory over the Washington Capitals (18-11-3) in Sunday night hockey action. The Rangers are now 8-0 in the second game of their back-to-back schedule.
The flurry of offensive opportunities started with a Brandon Prust wrist shot at the 17:57 mark of the first period to give the Rangers the 1-0 lead. The floodgates would really open for the Rangers in the second period of play.
Beginning with an Artem Anisimov as he recorded a snap shot at the 59 second mark in that second period to make the score 2-0. Marian Gaborik would add to the lead at the 3:07 mark tallying a power play tip-in to make the score 3-0.
New York would continue their flurry as Brandon Dubinsky made the score 4-0 on a wrist shot at the 4:30 mark. The Blueshirts were even able to add on to their short handed goals tally as they now lead the NHL with seven, as Marc Staal netted a beautiful backhanded goal at the 10:42 mark to give the Rangers a comfortable 5-0 lead.
The third period of play would belong to Ryan Callahan as he would net two goals. The first coming on a snap shot at the 4:11 mark and the second coming off a wrist shot at the 13:31 mark, as the Rangers skated away with the 7-0 victory.
In the cage for New York Henrik Lundqvist matched the number on his uniform stopping 30 pucks for his fifth shutout of the season. The Blueshirts keeper now has 29 shutouts thus far this season, bounced back after having been upset with his performance against Columbus on Saturday. As for Washington keeper Semyon Varlamov made 13 saves in the cage.
New York will have two days off before Chapter Two of the New York/Pittsburgh rivalry will be renewed on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. in Pittsburgh The last time the two teams met in November Sidney Crosby looked as if he may have tripped up Ryan Callahan, while his team skated away with the 3-1 victory. It will be interesting to see what will happen in round two between these two talented squads as they battle for position in the Eastern Conference.