NY Rangers 3, Washington 2

Sunday, February 12, 2012 12:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Washington 28-22-2-3 19-7-0-2 9-15-2-1 L2
NY Rangers 36-13-1-4 18-6-0-2 18-7-1-2 W3


Ryan McDonagh scored his first goal in nearly 2 1/2 months to snap a tie midway through the second period and All-Star Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 24 shots as the New York Rangers skated to a 3-2 home triumph over the Washington Capitals on Sunday afternoon.

Captain Ryan Callahan collected his fifth goal in three contests and Brandon Prust netted his first tally since Oct. 20 for Eastern Conference-leading New York, which improved to 7-1-1 in its last nine games. The last time the Rangers led the league at this point of the season was the 1993-94 campaign. They went onto win both the Presidents' Trophy and the Stanley Cup during that season.

With the game tied at 1-1, McDonagh avoided a defender in the left faceoff circle before skating closer to the slot and wiring a shot which handcuffed Michal Neuvirth. The goal was the fifth of the season and first since Dec. 1 for McDonagh, who had to be helped from the ice with a left leg injury. He returned shortly thereafter.

With his team shorthanded, Prust provided insurance 6:26 into the third period as he deposited Brandon Dubinsky's centering feed past Neuvirth for his third goal of the season.

Defenseman John Carlson trimmed the deficit to one with 2:28 remaining in the third period, but Lundqvist closed the door to record his fourth straight victory over the Capitals.

After recording his second career hat trick on Saturday, Callahan opened the scoring 11:01 into the first period. Standing in the high slot, defenseman Anton Stralman alertly wired a feed to the doorstep for Callahan, who deftly backhanded the puck while falling for his 22nd goal of the season. The tally is just one shy of his career high.

Alexander Semin recorded his third goal and sixth point in five contests for Washington, which was unable to move past the idle Toronto Maple Leafs for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Capitals trail the Maple Leafs by one point in the standings.

Top Game Performances

Washington   NY Rangers
John Carlson 2 Points Brandon Dubinsky 2
John Carlson 1 Goals Ryan Callahan 1
John Carlson 1 Assists Brandon Dubinsky 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals Brandon Prust 1
Michal Neuvirth .893 Save Percentage Henrik Lundqvist .923
Michal Neuvirth 25 Saves Henrik Lundqvist 24

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Washington 26 2 0-2 2-2 4 19
NY Rangers 28 3 0-2 2-2 4 31

Upcoming Games

  • NY Rangers will play its next game on the road against Boston. The Rangers have a W/L % of .686 after a win and .632 after a loss.
  • Washington will play its next game at home against San Jose. The Capitals have a W/L % of .517 after a win and .500 after a loss.
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