August 8, 2020

Washington Capitals Game 11 Recap: Beaten up on Broadway


(Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals went to Madison Square Garden looking to start 5-0-0 on the road for the first time in their 41 year history. That mark will have to wait another yet to be broken.

The Caps were victimized by some shoddy defense and opportunistic scoring chances by the New York Rangers, five different blueshirts scored and the home team beat up its visitors 5-2 on Tuesday night.

The Rangers scored on both shots on goal they registered in the second period.

Henrik Lundqvist, as he so often does, confounded the Caps and made 32 saves. On the other end, the Rangers scored five goals against Braden Holtby on just 21 shots.

New York (8-2-2) took over sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division with 18 points, while the Caps (8-3-0) had a modest two-game win streak snapped.

Both Rangers goals in the first period were a direct result of defensive miscues by the Caps nominal first pairing. On the first, Brooks Orpik had a giveaway behind the Caps net that led to Oscar Lindberg’s sixth of the season off a rebound.

Ovechkin completed a two-on-one off a nifty feed from Nate Schmidt for his sixth, and career No. 481, just two shy of tying former teammate Sergei Federov for most by a Russian-born player.

The tie didn’t last long, as 2:01 later, John Carlson got caught up-ice and Kevin Hayes completed an odd-man rush with a shot that went through Holtby’s glove — a save he probably should have had.

Washington then coughed up two goals on two shots off turnovers, one by Ovechkin in the offensive end, and the other a deflection off Marcus Johansson.

Johansson made up for it a bit later, notching his third of the season, but the Rangers — and Lundqvist — clamped down in the third to quash any idea of a comeback.

NEXT GAME: Thursday at home against the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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