The Rangers took some of theirs out on the Caps, and the Caps, well….
Alex Ovechkin (two goals in his last 14 games) called his fight with Brandon Dubinsky just “a moment in the game.” But Ovi was clearly irritated at his play and that of his teammates, who are 0-5-1 in the last six. He bent low to upend Dan Girardi with a savage but clear hip check (Girardi said he had a little charley horse afterward and stayed on his knees on the ice for a minute) and then skated toward Dubisnky at center ice, apparently looking for a bout. His last fight was Dec. 2, 2006 against Paul Gaustad.
“He did what great leaders do, trying to get their team going,” said coach Bruce Boudreau. For this part, Rangers coach John Tortorella said he had no problem with Dubinsky’s reaction. “He said he thought Danny got hit low.” Said Dubinsky: “Whether it’s him or someone else, I don’t like to see my teammates on the ice.”
Ovechkin: “We all make mistakes, it’s a lot of mistakes. We have to stay together as a team.”
In the second period, Semyon Varlamov allowed four goals---tying the Rangers record for most in a period with the Nov. 18 game vs. Edmonton---on nine shots. The Rangers had 20 total….Said Staal: “It was nice to have a third period like that where it’s not so close for a change.” The Rangers have won 8 of 12 and have 37 points, good for fifth place in the East, but the teams below have games in hand….Marian Gaborik’s ninth goal, a power play tip in at 3:07 of the second period, gave the Rangers a power play goal in nine of the last 12 games….Brian Boyle deserved the fourth star. He had two assists and seven blocked shots…It was the Rangers first win in three games wearing the Heritage jersey….They are 8-0-0 in the second game of back-to-backs….Girardi’s two assists gave him 14, the team high…. The seven shorties lead the league…(more tomorrow on that, right here)