At 7-7-1, the Rangers have remained afloat without Marian Gaborik and Vinny Prospal. But they are not getting much-needed points at home, where the losses continue to mount. They have two wins in eight games.
No goals for Brandon Dubinsky or Ryan Callahan in this one. Two more from Brian Boyle and one from, of all people, Derek Boogaard, who hadn't found the net since January 7, 2006. Devs d-man Ken Danyeko's record of 255 games without a goal is safe.
The Caps are confident, the Rangers, not so much.
"We knew we could come back. It doesn't matter what the score is," siad Alex Ovechkin, who was held to three shots. Alex Semin, Mike Green and Nik Backstrom, the other chief gunners in D.C., also didn't score. Didn't matter. The second-tier guys came through: erskine with his first of the year, Knuble and Hendricks, each with their second, Laich with his fourth, and an empty-netter for five.
"Just play our game, play our system and we deserve to win. If we get the lead in the third period, we usually win the game."
Actually, the Caps also excel on the 4 on 4 if the game is tied in regulation. They are 5-0 in OT.
The Rangers have gotten to OT only once, in the home opener on Oct. 15. they lost to the Leafs 4-3.
Tortorella on the mistakes on the game-winner: "We had a turnover at the blue line (Frolov), we turn it over behind the net, and the forwards don't come down to support the breakdown and it's in our net. i though we were controlling the period until then."
Boyle: "You don't have to give them much for them to take advantage. A lot happened in that game. The only thing I know is the bitter feeling of defeat....That would have been a great win for us... We have to turn it around here."
Steve Eminger on Sauer's rapid response to the knee on knee: "I tapped him later and told him I was grateful that he stood up for me and that I had his back if something ever happened to him."
Ruslan Fedotenko: The referee said I made (a) collision with goalie, but I didn't think so"
Bruce Boudreau: "There was a lot of hitting but that's two teams competing hard. That's when mistakes are made."
The long-standing issue at center came to the fore again. Erik Christensen played 2:58 in the third, as his stock continues to slide,,,,,Todd White played a total of 4:29...