Fedotenko, Callahan lead Rangers over Capitals 6-3

The Rangers didn’t need another big speech to get them out of

their scoring funk.

After a scoreless first period Friday, New York turned up its

play in the second 20 minutes, scoring four times before finishing

with a season high for goals in a 6-3 win over the erratic

Washington Capitals.

”Nothing was said. We’ve had enough meetings the past couple of

days about how we need to play,” Tortorella said. ”They allowed

themselves to play tonight. It was a much more fluid game for


The Rangers had lost two straight after a seven-game winning

streak and coach John Tortorella emphasized their mistakes – and

how to overcome them.

After New York scored three times in a 4:18 span in the second,

Washington quickly responded with two goals, but the Rangers

responded without any exhortation from their coach.

Ruslan Fedotenko scored twice, Ryan Callahan had three assists,

Artem Anisimov and Brad Richards had a goal and an assist each and

Dan Girardi had two assists for New York.

Alex Ovechkin broke a six-game streak without a goal with his

eighth of the season – his first at home. It came in the third

period, with the Capitals trailing 5-2.

Washington coach Bruce Boudreau thought his team’s mental

approach left much to be desired.

”We start to feel sorry for ourselves, then we score a goal,

and say: `Oh, we’re back into it.”’

But, they weren’t.

”Once it started with those four goals, it seemed to

snowball,” Boudreau said. ”This is a league where you can’t feel

sorry for yourselves.”

Marian Gaborik scored his 10th goal of the season at 3:37 to

give New York a 1-0 lead. He took a cross-ice pass from Derek

Stepan and cleanly beat goaltender Michal Neuvirth with a slap shot

from the right wing.

With Washington’s Cody Eakin off the ice for a holding penalty,

the Rangers controlled the faceoff, and 8 seconds later, Anisimov,

who assisted on Gaborik’s goal, shot past a confused Neuvirth at

6:52 for a 2-0 lead. It was Anisimov’s second goal of the


It was New York’s first power-play goal after failing on 14

straight attempts.

A little more than a minute later, Callahan stole the puck from

Marcus Johansson in front of the Capitals’ net and dished it to

Fedotenko, who easily made it 3-0 at 7:55 with his second goal this


The Rangers, who have six American players and an American

coach, celebrated Thanksgiving in Washington on Thursday night and

tried to forget about their skid.

”We regrouped. We had a good turkey dinner. We were ready from

the beginning. Everybody in the whole lineup played solid,”

Fedotenko said. ”We didn’t try to force too many things.”

Washington, which won its first seven games this season, but has

gone 5-8-1 since, quickly narrowed New York’s lead to 3-2.

”We won the last two games, but I don’t think too many things

are going our way,” Capitals defenseman John Carlson said.

Less than a minute after Fedotenko’s first goal, Troy Brouwer

was in front of the Rangers’ goal and tapped his fourth goal of the

season past Henrik Lundqvist at 8:53.

Carlson made it 3-2 on a power-play goal at 12:52. From about 30

feet, he shot over Lundqvist’s left pad. It was his fourth goal of

the season.

New York took a 4-2 lead at 16:45 on Brian Boyle’s goal – his

second of the season.

Richards’ seventh goal of the season gave New York a 5-2 lead at

4:14 of the third.

Fedotenko scored his second goal – New York’s sixth at


Ovechkin’s goal came at 5:57 of the third.

NOTES: New York F Andre Deveaux served the first of a three-game

suspension for an illegal check to the head of Florida Panthers

forward Tomas Fleischmann on Wednesday. … The Rangers recalled F

Carl Hagelin and C John Mitchell from Connecticut of the AHL, and

both assisted on Boyle’s goal. It was Hagelin’s NHL debut. …

Carlson’s goal was the Capitals’ first on a 5-on-4 power play in 31

attempts. They scored on a 5-on-3 power play in Monday’s win over

Phoenix. … Carlson and Brouwer each had a goal and assist for

Washington. Nicklas Backstrom had two assists. … Capitals D Mike

Green (groin) and D John Erskine (shoulder) were scratched. … The

Capitals play at Buffalo on Saturday. The Rangers host