After losing the first two meetings with the New York Rangers the Washington Capitals came into Madison Square Garden for the final time this regular season in hopes of securing at least one win in the season series. The Caps despite being without players such as winger T.J. Oshie and defensemen Brooks Orpik tonight were still able to have players such as winger Marcus “Mojo” Johansson step up to help defeat the Rangers 4-1, leading the team with three points.
Caps winger Marcus Johansson tied his career-high in goals tonight scoring his 20th of the season in the second period for his first point in five games. That would not last long as Johansson would score the career-high 21st goal later on 1:15 into the third to make it 3-1; Johansson’s last multi-goal game came back on December 5th against Buffalo when he scored twice, he would also assist on a goal tonight. Fellow winger Brett Connolly also scored a goal tonight for the first time in seven games. Washington’s man-up unit helped seal the deal with center Nicklas Backstrom scoring on power play late in the third on a deflection off of a Rangers player’s stick. Center Evgeny Kuznetsov and defensemen Matt Niskanen, who was returning tonight from a lower body injury, both assisted twice. Goalie Braden Holtby made 29 saves and improves his career record against the Rangers to 7-9-1.
Rangers defensemen Brady Skjei scored the first goal of the game for his first goal since January 19th (16 games). He was assisted by defensemen Adam Clendening and winger J.T. Miller. New York would have a goal scored by winger Michael Grabner called off in the second period due to an official review that showed a delayed offside. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who has given the Caps trouble in the past with a 21-9-4 record against them coming into tonight made 34 saves but let in all four of the Caps goals tonight.
These two teams will square off one more time on April 5th at Verizon Center. The Caps will have a travel day tomorrow and then return back home on Thursday night to take on the New Jersey Devils. Game time will be 7:00 PM/ET.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).