Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 2-0 loss to the New York Rangers Wednesday night at Verizon Center: Brad Richards assisted on goals by John Moore and Ryan Callahan 1:46 apart in the second period, propelling the Rangers to their second win of the season. The Caps fell to 2-5-0 through seven games, while the Rangers improve to 2-4-0. The Caps fell to 0-2-0 in the Metropolitan Division.
Ryan Callahan played some cricket with his second-period goal, deflecting a pass from Brad Richards into the air and swatting it past Braden Holtby to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead. John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin tried pursuing Callahan but Ovechkin had just one hand on his stick and provided little resistance.
Hit of the night: Caps defenseman Steve Oleksy buried Mats Zuccarello at the blue line midway through a very active first period that featured three hits from Alex Ovechkin.
Save of the night: Henrik Lundqvist flashed out his right blocker to stop and Alex Ovechkin snap shot off the draw in the second period keeping the game scoreless. Ovechkin generated a team-high seven shots and now has one goal on his last 37 shots on Lundqvist dating back to last year’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals when Lundqvist posted back-to-back shutouts in Games 6 and 7.
Save of the night [Part Deux]: With 12:40 remaining in a scoreless second period Brad Richards took a beautiful backhand pass from Ryan Callahan and snapped a shot off the right post.
Fight night: Caps rookie Tom Wilson got into his second fight of the season when he went toe-to-toe with Justin Falk, connecting with a few hard rights. Wilson saw limited action after the fight and took an interference penalty midway through the third period.
Fast facts: The Caps went without a shot in the final 9:19 of the second period and were outshot 21-6. … The Caps were awarded a 5-on-3 power play for 55 seconds in the first period but failed to score. They have now had 2:21 of 5-on-3 time this season without a goal.
What’s ahead: The Caps have a scheduled day off on Thursday and will return to work Friday morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in preparation for Saturday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
- Chuck Gormley, CSN Washington