NEW YORK (AP) — Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists and the New York Rangers scored five unanswered goals to beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 Tuesday night.
Kaapo Kakko, Adam Fox, Filip Chytil, and Pavel Buchnevich also scored for the Rangers. Igor Shesterkin made 30 saves, improving to 3-0-0 in his career against Washington.READ MORE: AAA Worker Killed While Helping Stranded Driver In Prince George's County
T.J. Oshie and Nic Dowd scored for the Capitals, who lost for just the third time in their past 17 games. Two of those losses have come at the hands of the Rangers. Vitek Vanecek made 22 saves.
Oshie opened the scoring for the Capitals just 2:23 into the game after Kevin Rooney was sent to the penalty box for holding in the offensive zone. It was his second straight game with a goal, having also scored against the Rangers in Sunday’s 5-4 victory.
Less than two minutes later, Garnet Hathaway crashed the Rangers net and amidst the scrum, Dowd jammed the puck into the net to make it 2-0. Six of Dowd’s seven goals this season have come on the road.
The Capitals dominated the early going, registering the game’s first nine shots on goal before the Rangers had one at 8:33 into the first period.
Chytil cut New York’s deficit to 2-1 with 4:24 left in the first. The 21-year-old stole the puck from Dmitry Orlov at the Rangers blue line and had a clean breakaway on net, beating Vanecek with a forehand.
The Rangers had opportunities to tie the game before their rally in the third period. With Zdeno Chara in the box for slashing in the final minute of the first period, a shot from Panarin hit the crossbar and deflected downward but away from goal. Midway through the second period, Colin Blackwell was alone with the puck in front of Washington’s net, but Vanecek made a point-blank save.
New York broke through early in the third period. Kakko tied the game, before Fox gave the Rangers their first lead less than three minutes later. Fox extended his point streak to eight games. Panarin scored New York’s fourth on a breakaway with 4:19 left, and Buchnevich added a late empty-net goal.
STROME’S STREAKS CONTINUE
With the primary assist on Kakko’s goal, Ryan Strome extended his point streak to 10 games and his assist streak to nine games. With an assist in the next game, he’ll tie Rod Gilbert’s franchise record for consecutive games with an assist by a forward.
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The Capitals fell to 2-4-0 against the Rangers this season. Of their seven opponents in the East Division, New York is the only team that the Capitals have a losing record against this season.
POWER-PLAY WOES END
Oshie’s power-play goal in the first period ended a drought for Washington. Not only were the Capitals scoreless on the man advantage over their past five games, going 0-for-12, but they also entered Tuesday 0-for-16 in five games against the Rangers this season.
Lars Eller returned to the Capitals’ lineup after missing the past seven games with a lower-body injury. To make room in the lineup, Richard Panik was scratched for the first time this season.
RANGERS SIGN HUNTER
The Rangers signed defenseman Hunter Skinner to an entry-level contract on Monday. The 19-year-old was New York’s fourth-round draft pick in 2019. He will join the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL for the remainder of the season.
The Capitals visit the Islanders on Thursday.
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