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
”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
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
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