Monday Night Delight for Rangers in 2-1 shootout victory over Capitals
New York, NY - The New York Rangers (29-19-3) continue to climb that Eastern Conference mountain with huge points, in spite of missing several key players. The Battling Blueshirts did it again with a 2-1 victory in a shootout over the Washington Capitals (27-14-9) on Monday night.
Washington was able to get on the board in the first period of play at the 1:27 mark as Matt Hendricks (7) was able to tip-in a 27 foot shot, which was assisted by Marcus Johansson (6) and Scot Hannan (7) for the early 1-0 lead.
After much heartache the Rangers were able to finally tie the game up in thrilling fashion. The Rangers would record their first goal in the third period of play as Marian Gaborik (16) deflected a 10 foot shot, which was assisted by Brian Boyle (9) and Sean Avery (18), that would send these two teams into overtime.
In what was a fast-paced, action packed overtime frame, neither team would be able to find a hero and would need a shootout to decide the victor. The Rangers would get their first goal on a sweet move by Wojtek Wolski for the 1-0 lead.
Matt Hendricks would tie the game up at 1-1 on a wicked wrister. New York would respond on a fake-out move by Mats Zuccarello, who is now 4-for-4 in the shootout frame. The game and the victory would eventually find its way to the stick of Artem Anisimov, who netted a 13 foot backhanded shot for the 2-1 victory.
In the cage Martin Biron was solid making 22 saves, along with being named to the second star of the game. While on the other side of the ice Braden Holtby made 28 saves.
The Rangers will be right back in action on Tuesday night for a 7:00 p.m. face-off with the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden.