Courtesy of the NYR:
Rangers 2, Capitals 0.
Team Notes:– The Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 2-0, tonight at Verizon Center, in their first divisional matchup of the season. – The Blueshirts are now 2-4-0 overall (4 pts), including a 2-4-0 mark on the road. – The Rangers have out-scored the Capitals, 8-0, in their last three meetings, including the 2013 playoffs. – The Blueshirts improved to 5-1-0 in their last six regular season games at Washington, having out-scored the Capitals, 21-9, over the span. – The Rangers have now registered a point in nine of their last 11 regular season meetings with the Capitals, posting an 8-2-1 record and out-scoring Washington, 36-19, during the stretch. – New York out-shot Washington, 36-22, including a 21-6 advantage in the second period. The 36 shots are a season-high for the Rangers, while their 21 shots in the second were the most for the Blueshirts in a single period since March 15, 2011* (21 shots in the first period against NY Islanders). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau – The Blueshirts’ penalty kill held the Capitals scoreless in four shorthanded situations (4:37), and are now 14-16 (87.5%) in the last three games. – The Rangers out-hit the Capitals, 35-21, with 16 of 18 skaters registering at least one hit in the contest. – The Blueshirts were credited with 22 blocked shots, including six players who recorded two or more blocked shots.
Player Notes:– Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves to post his first shutout of the season, and 46th of his career. He improved to 2-3-0 overall this season, including a 2-3-0 mark on the road. Lundqvist is now three regular season shutouts shy of Ed Giacomin’s franchise record. – Lundqvist has now shutout the Capitals in each of their last three meetings, including Games 6 and 7 of the 2013 playoffs. His shutout streak against Washington is currently at 180:00 mins. – Brad Richards tallied two assists, five shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 20:13 of ice time. He has registered seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last five games, including four points (one goal, three assists) in the last two games. – Ryan Callahan notched a goal, a team-high, six shots, and a game-high, five hits in 22:06 of ice time. He has now recorded three goals in the last two games. – John Moore registered his first point of the season with a goal while skating four-on-four, and established a single-game career-high with five shots in 14:17 of ice time. – Derick Brassard tallied an assist, posted a plus-two rating, and won a team-high, 10 faceoffs in 20:33 of ice time. He has now registered four assists in the last four games, including three assists in the last two contests. – Ryan McDonagh recorded an assist and posted a plus-two rating in a team-high, 25:14 of ice time. He now leads all team defensemen in scoring with two points (one goal, one assist) this season. – Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman tied for the game-high with four blocked shots apiece. Girardi was also credited with four hits in 24:08 of ice time.
Team Schedule:– Friday, Oct. 18 – Practice, 11:00 a.m. at MSG Training Center – Next Game – Saturday, Oct. 19 at New Jersey (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)
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