WASHINGTON (AP) _ The New York Rangers took very little from a season-ending
Bobby Holik's power-play goal 1:08 into overtime, his second score of the
game, brought an end to yet another frustrating season for the Rangers as New
York beat Washington 3-2 Saturday.
``This just means we get to go home, that's about it,'' Holik said. ``A win
is not going to make much of a difference in our season. It makes a better trip
home, that's all.''
It was just the second win for New York in its final 12 games. However, it
gives the Rangers the sixth worst record in the NHL, which is good enough to
keep them out of the lottery for a chance at the top pick in the draft.
Holik put the game away with a deflection in front of the net, tipping in a
sharp pass from Thomas Pock.
Mike Green also scored for the Rangers (27-40-7-8).
Jeff Halpern scored twice for Washington marking the first time this season
he had more than one goal in a game. He has been one of the few bright spots
for the otherwise anonymous Capitals, scoring in three straight games and
recording 20 points in 19 games.
But even his recent scoring success has done little to change Halpern's
opinion of the season.
``It hasn't been a whole lot of fun this year,'' Halpern said. ``When you're
losing games, it doesn't make any of the (individual stats) feel any good.''
Both Washington (23-45-10-3) and New York had long since been eliminated
from postseason contention, with the Rangers having missed the playoffs every
year since 1997.
``I think we've had a great deal of satisfaction in the last month, and if
we had 40 more games to go we'd be pretty excited about it. I don't think that
I could suggest to you, at least personally, that I'm glad it's over,'' New
York coach Tom Renney said. ``I'm a little disappointed that it is, to tell you
Washington will close its season in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Halpern put the Capitals ahead at 7:54 of the first period, before Green
tied it just under seven minutes later. Both first-period goals came one second
after penalties expired.
Holik made sure New York's power play converted at 4:44 of the second period
with a slap shot over the shoulder of Olaf Kolzig, who finished with 32 saves.
Halpern was left alone for a shot in front to tie it less than two minutes