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Rangers-Capitals Preview @NHL

Playing away from home hasn't bothered the New York Rangers.

The Rangers look to move into sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division when they conclude a three-game road trip against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on Saturday.

New York (9-6-1), which has 19 points and is tied with New Jersey for the division lead, host the Devils on Tuesday.

The Rangers won their fourth in a row on the road, and turned in one of their best games of the year to beat Atlanta 5-2 on Friday. The Thrashers had won four straight and are tied for first with Buffalo atop the Eastern Conference with 27 points.

"I would say this is certainly one of our best efforts (of the season), if not the best. We seem to rise to the occasion against teams like this," Rangers coach Tom Renney said.

Michael Nylander scored 15 seconds into the game and finished with two goals and an assist while Jaromir Jagr had three assists for the Rangers.

New York scored on two of its first three shots, led 3-0 after the first period and never looked back while improving to 7-2 on the road.

"That's the way we want to play with the lead - not taking chances. We were moving the puck more tonight, not getting fancy," said Brendan Shanahan, who scored his 13th goal of the year and 611th of his career to move past Bobby Hull into 12th place on the all-time list.

The Rangers beat Washington 5-2 on Oct. 5 in the season opener for both teams. Shanahan scored his first two goals in a New York uniform while Jagr had a goal and an assist.

New York has won five of the last seven meetings with Washington. However, the Capitals have been good at home, winning seven of the past 10 games with the Rangers there.

Washington had won three of its previous four games before being blown out 5-0 by Carolina on Thursday night.

The Capitals (6-5-4) had only 20 shots on goal and failed to take advantage of a two-man advantage midway through the second period.

"We didn't move," said Washington's Alexander Ovechkin, whose streak of four straight multipoint games ended. "We didn't control the puck."

The Capitals also failed to win three in a row for the first time this season.

"From our standpoint, I think we'll look back at this night as a good night as far as our progress is concerned," Capitals coach Glen Hanlon said. "With the exception of (backup goalie Brent Johnson), because I know how it is to have goals scored on you, this is a lot better for us to lose this game 5-0 than for (Johnson) to make four more incredible saves and walk out of here kidding ourselves that it was a 1-0 hockey game."

Washington plays five of its next seven games at home.

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