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Derek Stepan scores rare power-play goal in 3rd period, giving Rangers 2-1 win over Capitals

Sunday, 02.17.2013 / 8:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Derek Stepan scores rare power-play goal in 3rd period, giving Rangers 2-1 win over Capitals

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Derek Stepan's power-play goal early in the third period snapped a tie and completed the New York Rangers' rally to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday night.

It was the only time New York's struggling power-play unit connected in the game, but it came at the perfect time and helped snap the Capitals' season-high winning streak at three games.

Washington, which lost to New York in the second round of last year's playoffs, had been 11-5-2 in its last 18 regular-season games against the Rangers. New York improved to 5-1-1 in its past seven.

Carl Hagelin tied it for the Rangers in the second period after defenceman John Carlson put Washington ahead in the first.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots for his seventh win. Braden Holtby was busier for Washington and made 38 saves.

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