The Rangers came into last night’s game against the Washington Capitols with a bad taste in their mouth and took out their frustration on the Caps.
After a disheartening 3-1 loss to Columbus on Saturday night, the Rangers crushed the highly talented Capitals 7-0 in front of 18,200 raucous fans at Madison Square Garden.
Brandon Prust opened the scoring late in the first period to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead, and the Rangers did not look back, scoring four more goals in the second period and two more in the third. It was not about how many chances or shots the Rangers had, it was the quality of the chances they had, and the Rangers took full advantage of them.
The Rangers defensive game plan was to shut down Alex Ovechkin and keep him off the score sheet. The Rangers did more than keep Ovechkin pointless, they got under his skin early and kept him off his game. Late in the first period Dubinsky and Ovechkin exchanged words before skating to the bench. In the second period a hard hit on defense man Dan Girardi by Ovechkin led to a spirited fight between Ovechkin and Dubinsky.
“That was a team effort,” said coach John Tortorella afterwards.
It was a real team effort by the Rangers who had six different goal scorers, and Lundqvist was a stonewall in net making 31 saves.
The Rangers next game is Wednesday night against the red hot Pittsburgh Penguins. They will need another team effort to slow down Sidney Crosby, who has an 18-game point streak while leading his team on a 12-game win streak.