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Capitals 5, Rangers 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Capitals 5, Rangers 1
New York Rangers 1, Washington Capitals 5

WASHINGTON (AP) - Alexander Ovechkin ended his scoring drought, helped the Washington Capitals snap their five-game skid and brought an abrupt conclusion to the New York Rangers' longest winning streak in four years.

Ovechkin had a goal and three assists, Olaf Kolzig stopped 37 shots, and the Capitals cruised to a surprisingly easy 5-1 victory Saturday night.

After scoring 15 goals in his first 19 NHL games, Ovechkin had gone six games without a goal before capitalizing on a New York mistake at 12:11 of the first period.

``I spoke to my mom, my dad, my brother and my agent. They said, 'Don't even think about it and play how you can,'' the Russian said. ``This game I don't think about it and I score.''

He added assists on Washington's next three goals, providing Washington with a 4-0 lead after two periods.

Dainius Zubrus, Steve Eminger, Jeff Halpern and Matt Pettinger also scored for the Capitals, who won for only the second time by more than one goal.

``I thought we did a real good job of plugging up the middle of the ice,'' Washington coach Glen Hanlon said. ``It took us playing our best, and pretty much all parts of our game were on par.''

Kolzig lost a bid for his 34th career shutout when Petr Prucha scored a power-play goal with 1:43 left. But Kolzig fared far better than New York's Henrik Lundqvist, who came in with a 2.00 goals-against average.

Lundqvist was pulled midway through the third period with the score 5-0. At that point, it was apparent that New York's six-game winning streak - its longest since November 2001 - was done.

``We just didn't really have a chance. When we had a chance, there was Kolzig in the net,'' New York star Jaromir Jagr said. ``They just played better than us. From the first minute, they were all over the place and it was just a matter of time until they were going to score.''

Jagr was booed by the hometown fans every time he touched the puck. Jagr, who came in tied for second in the NHL with 40 points, spent 2 1/2 unremarkable seasons with the Capitals before being traded to New York in January 2004.

``I want to forget my time in Washington,'' he said recently.

Although he recorded an assist, Jagr endured his third straight game without a goal.

Two of New York's eight defeats have come against Washington, and the first-place Rangers needed a 15-round shootout to beat the Capitals at home last week.

Fortunately for New York, the teams don't play again until March.

``I'm surprised they don't have a better record. They play hard and work hard,'' Rangers defenseman Darius Kasparaitis said.

Ovechkin ended his dry spell by blocking an attempted clearing by Ville Nieminen, gaining control of the puck and firing a wrist shot from the middle of the left circle for a 1-0 lead.

Zubrus made it 2-0 at 16:23, taking a pass from Ovechkin before firing a shot from deep on the right side that glanced off Lundqvist's pads and into the net.

Ovechkin played a prominent role in Washington's next goal, too. He weaved through the New York defense into the right circle before releasing a centering pass that Eminger converted for a 3-0 lead at 8:01 of the second period.

Late in the period with the Capitals on the power play, Ovechkin skated toward the goal and fell to the ice after shooting. He got back up and fed the puck to Halpern, who beat Lundqvist for his second goal of the season.

``That's what (Ovechkin) is really about,'' Hanlon said. ``We've been pretty happy with Alexander's play all through this. Tonight it went in for him, and he made great plays on the other ones.''

Notes: Washington assigned C Graham Mink to Hershey (AHL) after recalling him before the game. The Capitals also assigned C Brooks Laich to Hershey. The team plans to recall both players early next week. ... New York went 1-for-5 on the power play and is 2-for-28 over its last five games.

scoring summary
1st Period
12:11
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (16) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 0 WSH
16:23
WSH
Dainius Zubrus (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (11), Bryan Muir (6)
2 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
08:01
WSH
Steve Eminger (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (12), Brendan Witt (4)
3 - 0 WSH
17:32
WSH
PPG - Jeff Halpern (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Alex Ovechkin (13), Jamie Heward (8)
4 - 0 WSH
3rd Period
04:19
WSH
Matt Pettinger (6) Snap shot - ASST: Shaone Morrisonn (4)
5 - 0 WSH
18:17
NYR
PPG - Petr Prucha (7) Snap shot - ASST: Martin Straka (22), Jaromir Jagr (20)
5 - 1 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
04:26
NYR
Jason Strudwick  Holding against  Chris Clark
04:26
NYR
Jason Strudwick  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Clark
04:26
WSH
Chris Clark  Roughing against  Jason Strudwick
04:26
WSH
Chris Clark  Fighting (maj) against  Jason Strudwick
12:30
NYR
Michal Rozsival  Interference against  Matt Pettinger
18:27
WSH
Graham Mink  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
05:32
NYR
Colton Orr  Hooking against  Matt Pettinger
10:19
NYR
Michael Nylander  Hooking against  Dainius Zubrus
16:56
NYR
Martin Straka  Hooking against  Andrew Cassels
17:32
NYR
Michal Rozsival  Hooking against  Alex Ovechkin
17:49
WSH
Dainius Zubrus  Hi-sticking against  Darius Kasparaitis
19:31
WSH
Brendan Witt  Holding the stick
3rd Period
12:42
NYR
Michal Rozsival  Hooking against  Alex Ovechkin
17:17
WSH
Chris Clark  Slashing
17:24
WSH
Brian Willsie  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Henrik Lundqvist
SA: 21TOI: 49:36
Saves: 16EV: 13 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .762SH: 0 - 0
Chris Holt
SA: 2TOI: 10:24
Saves: 2EV: 2 - 2
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Olie Kolzig
SA: 38TOI: 59:58
Saves: 37EV: 28 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .974SH: 1 - 1