The New York Rangers are used to making comebacks against the Washington Capitals.
They picked up another on Saturday at Verizon Center, as they erased a 2-0 first period deficit to top Washington 4-2 on Saturday night, dealing the Capitals their first regulation loss this season.
Things looked dire for the Rangers early on. A turnover by Adam Clendening landed right on the stick of Brooks Orpik, who put it off Lars Eller for a 1-0 Washington lead. Before the period was over, Alex Ovechkin put in another tally, his third goal of the season and 21st all-time past Henrik Lundqvist, the most he has had against any goaltender. The Rangers would cut the lead in half in the early stages of the second period on Brandon Pirri’s second goal of the year, but the odds were stacked against them again when Mika Zibanejad picked up a double minor on a high-sticking.
However, the Rangers held strong, and the latest comeback in the Rangers-Capitals rivalry was on.
Fresh off scoring his first career goal in Monday’s win over San Jose, Jimmy Vesey
single-handedly tied and took the lead for the Rangers (3-2-0), notching his first career multi-goal game, becoming the first Rangers rookie to do so since Oscar Lindberg last season. Vesey’s first was a power play goal from Rick Nash and Derek Stepan scored while Matt Niskanen was in the box for rough with 11:22 gone by in the period. Exactly three minutes later, Vesey put another one in, ironically his third goal of the season, the de facto game winning goal. The Rangers kept the Caps off the board the rest of the way, ending Washington’s comeback bid when Nash put in an empty netter with six seconds remaining. The Rangers win ended a three game winning streak for Washington (3-1-1). Chris Kreider‘s points streak to start the season was snapped, but Nash tallied his first multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist.
Following tonight’s win, the Rangers will seek to sweep their first set of back-to-backs on the season, when they return home to Madison Square Garden to face the Arizona Coyotes (7:00 PM, MSG/NHL Network).
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