The New York Rangers (22-9-4) had a five-game winning streak snapped in a 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals (18-15-2) in Wednesday night hockey action. Leading the Capitals’ victory was winger Alexander Semin who recorded two goals in the game.
Not helping the cause for the Blueshirts was the costly turnovers, along with not capitalizing on the power play opportunities. Mistakes cost the Rangers in the first, as the Capitals cashed in as Marcus Johansson (7) connected on a rebounded shot at the 8:18 mark for the 1-0 lead.
New York played with heart and grit during the Capitals power play opportunity, led by captain Ryan Callahan with his four blocked shots. One of that set the stage for Brandon Dubinsky (2) to tie the game at one at the 17:15 mark.
Callahan continued his fine work to send the Blueshirts to the locker room at a 1-1 tie, blocking two more shots before the end of the first period of play. Washington had goals from Troy Brouwer (10) and Semin (9) to cap-off the 4-1 victory.
The Blueshirts will look to regain their winning ways with a trip to Florida on Friday, before participating in their first Winter Classic. The game between the Rangers/Panthers is slated to air on the MSG network, with face-off slated for 7:30 p.m.
Written on December 29, 2011