Coming back from a season-high five-game road trip the Washington Capitals returned home in hopes of winning the President’s Trophy for most wins in the regular season, the Metropolitan Division and top seed with home ice advantage in the playoffs in this their final game against a Metropolitan Division opponent. After an uneventful first period with the New York Rangers, the Caps would tally in both the second and third periods to clinch their second straight President’s Trophy 2-0; the first to do it since the Vancouver Canucks back in 2011 and 2012. Washington has won 10 of their last 12 games (10-1-1).
Caps captain and winger Alex Ovechkin showed why he leads the NHL in power play goals by scoring his 18th of the season, breaking a five-game goalless drought. Ovechkin has now scored 23 career goals against Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, which is the most he has against any NHL goalie. Another Russian Capital with a goal tonight was center Evgeny Kuznetsov to put Washington up 2-0 in the third period; he finished the night with a goal and an assist. Winger Marcus Johansson assist on both goals tonight and has four assists in last four games. Caps goalie Braden Holtby made 24 saves and collected his league leading ninth shutout.
Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who came into tonight’s game with a 21-10-4 all-time record against the Caps which included twelve wins in his last 18 games, made 23 saves but it would not be enough to prevent the Caps from winning the division and the President’s Trophy. New York played without four key players: Rick Nash, Mats Zuccrello, Ryan McDonagh, and Jesper Fast who were sitting out to rest. Defensemen Marc Staal lead the team with four shots on goal tonight.
Washington’s next game will come on a Saturday afternoon when they travel up to Boston to take on the Bruins. Game time will be 3:00 PM/ET.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).