Justin Williams had a hat trick and the Washington Capitals survived the loss of starting goaltender Braden Holtby to extend their impressive streak of responding after losses by beating the New York Rangers 5-2 Sunday night.
The Capitals improved to 10-0-1 after a loss this season and this time did so after Holtby left with dehydration. Philipp Grubauer replaced Holtby late in the second period and stopped all 11 shots he faced.
Holtby made 20 saves and got the victory, less than 24 hours after he was pulled during a clunker of a loss to the Buffalo Sabres.
Alex Ovechkin scored his 27th goal of the season, and Marcus Johansson also scored on the power play for Washington.
Chris Kreider scored both goals for the Rangers, and backup Antti Raanta made 19 saves in his first start since Dec. 17. >> Read more...
- Another good start for the Rangers, another lackluster second period and another loss.
- You just can't take penalties against the Capitals. This isn't a new concept. The Caps PP is not something that has just come on in the last few games, it's been "on" for about 10 years now with Alex Ovechkin on the team. At a different time and with different players the Rangers PK may have been able to stop the Capitals, but this Rangers PK doesn't seem able to stop anybody at all.
- Positive out of tonight's game, Chris Kreider looks to be on track for the first time all season.
- Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello have not scored in 2016. That can't be. Nash has had moments the last few games where he is strong and going to the net but he needs to be more consistent with it. The way he looked in the third tonight was how he needs to play all the time. he needs to be fast, powerful and take the puck to the net.