Score: 4-1 Rangers
Just as Henrik Lundqvist did in the first game of the season series with the Capitals, Martin Biron allowed an early goal in his start on March 10. And, just like Lundqvist, that was all he would surrender.
After Steve Olesky scored his first career NHL goal at 2:16 of the first period, the Rangers gave the Capitals little to work with the rest of the way. When the Capitals did pressure, Biron was there to make 28 saves for his second win of the season.
Derek Stepan tied the game 1-1 at 11:31 of the first period, when he drove down the ice and threw the puck on net from behind the goal. Stepan’s shot banked off Braden Holtby’s skate and into the cage. In the second period, Brian Boyle notched his first goal of the season, blasting in a slap shot from the top of the circle to give the Rangers the 2-1 lead.
Less than a minute later, Ryan Callahan deflected a Rick Nash shot by the goalie to make it 3-1 and Brad Richards finished the scoring in the third period to make it 4-1.
The win gave the Rangers a 13-9-2 record for 28 points at the halfway mark of the 48-game campaign, while the Capitals continued to search for answers, as they were just 10-12-1 through 23 games.
Three Stars of the Game
- Martin Biron: 28 saves
- Ryan McDonagh: Two assists, two shots, one hit and three blocked shots in 25:58
- Steve Olesky: First NHL goal, 16:14 of ice time