After more than 30 minutes of being dominated, the Rangers are starting to push back.
Beginning shortly after the halfway mark of the middle period, the Rangers began to pick up their tempo and get more pucks deep on Washington's defense, generating some heat on Michal Neuvirth
But Neuvirth was up to the task, and his defense did a good job of funneling a lot of shots to the outside or getting in the way of them.
New York got its second power play when defenseman John Erskine
was called for taking down Brandon Prust
with 2:41 left. The Rangers were able to get some zone time and had a good chance on a tip by Brandon Dubinsky
. But Neuvirth was able to see everything, and the Caps killed the penalty and the rest of the period, sending the teams to the dressing room after 40 minutes with Washington ahead 2-0 -- and the Rangers facing the prospect of seeing their season end in about an hour.