WASHINGTON — If the extremely anticipated season-opening showdown with the Capitals was by no means about avenging final season’s shenanigans or proving a degree, nicely, then the Rangers don’t have to fret.
The Blueshirts, nevertheless, ought to be involved after not enjoying to any of their preseason assertions of getting a harder-to-play-against lineup because the Capitals handily secured a 5-1 victory on Wednesday evening at Capital One Area.
It might have been the primary sport, however considering the Rangers decided to dress the meatier version of their roster to particularly counter Capitals agitator Tom Wilson and a bodily Washington workforce, there was little or no struggle from the guests on the scoreboard — the place it issues.
The Rangers struggled to remain out of the penalty field the entire sport. Washington capitalized on three of their 5 energy performs, with one man-advantage objective coming in every interval. Whereas the Rangers put a number of pucks on web early on, the Capitals exploded within the center body and held a 15-5 pictures benefit that included targets from Justin Schultz and rookie Hendrix Lapierre.
Alexander Ovechkin poured on two extra targets within the third, which pushed the Capitals star previous Marcel Dionne into fifth place on the NHL’s all-time targets listing. The Rangers’ lone tally, from Chris Kreider on the facility play, got here in between Ovechkin’s two scores.
Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev, who received the beginning nod over Igor Shesterkin amid the back-to-back schedule, allowed 5 targets on 27 pictures.
The stage was set lengthy earlier than sport time in Washington, with a rambunctious crowd exterior of Capital One Area that included a person in a Capitals jersey strolling on stilts and — fittingly — “My Own Worst Enemy” by Lit blasting by means of some audio system.
Capitals followers erupted when their man of the night, Wilson, was launched within the opening-night ceremony. And because the Rangers took the ice, the boos rained down from all three ranges of the sector whereas the small-but-noticeable New York followers within the constructing tried to make themselves heard.
The anticipated physicality was actually there, with Rangers offseason addition Sammy Blais and the Capitals’ Trevor van Riemsdyk moving into it early on. Together with Blais’ matching roughing minor with van Riemsdyk, the Rangers have been referred to as for 3 penalties within the first interval alone — and it was Patrik Nemeth’s slashing penalty that Capitals winger T.J. Oshie capitalized on lower than 5 minutes into the sport.
Washington defenseman Nick Jensen almost made it 2-0 a couple of minutes later, however the Rangers challenged for offside and the objective was overturned.