A Night Of Mixed Emotions As Rangers Lose To Capitals

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Here is our recap of the Rangers 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals.

A Memorable Night – The highlights of this game were 2017 first-round picks Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil getting themselves on the scoresheet.

Andersson, who was taken seventh overall, picked up his first NHL goal late in the second period. Andersson turned away from his defender, spinning to the side of the net where he deposited Jimmy Vesey’s pass into the back of the net.


Filip Chytil also made an offensive contribution in this game, recording his first NHL point early in the third period. Chytil’s shot attempt fluttered to the side of the net where Mats Zuccarello controlled the bouncing puck and slid it into the empty net.

As we all know, the Rangers are in the midst of rebuilding the team. Both Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson will be key cogs in that rebuild and their respective performances in this one should certainly give Rangers fans hope that the organization can get it turned around pretty quickly.

“It’s always fun to score, and especially in your first NHL game,” Andersson said. “It was fun.” – Matt Calamia/NYRangers.com

It’s A 60-Minute Game – Not surprisingly, the Rangers were trailing after the first period. There was very little defensive help for starter Alexandar Georgiev, who allowed three goals on six shots before being pulled in favor of Ondrej Pavelec. The four Capitals goals in the opening 20 minutes included two even-strength goals with brutal defensive breakdowns, Alex Ovechkin scoring from his office on the power-play, and a short-handed goal where three Rangers back-checkers couldn’t contain the two Capitals penalty killers. Pavelec did an outstanding job keeping his team in the game over the final 40 minutes, but it was too little too late for the Blueshirts, who inched closer to being mathematically eliminated from this year’s postseason.

Next Game: The Rangers will look to avenge this loss when they face the Capitals on Wednesday night in Washington. Puck drops at 8!


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