Henrik Lundqvist earned his 46th NHL shutout, Brad Richards assisted on two New York goals less than two minutes apart in the second period, and the Rangers beat a familiar postseason foe, the Capitals, 2-0, on Wednesday night in Washington to end a three-game losing streak.
Richards helped set up goals by Ryan Callahan and John Moore, and Lundqvist made the limited offense hold up in a 22-save performance. It was his first shutout during what has been a poor start to the season. By game’s end, some Rangers fans were chanting his name.
The Rangers won for only the second time in six games under first-year coach Alain Vigneault. Their season-opening road swing still has three more stops.
Unable to generate much offense, even with their formidable power play, three-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals fell to 2-5.
These teams have met in four of the past five postseasons, splitting those series. The Rangers eliminated the Capitals in the first round in May, with Lundqvist getting shutouts in Games 6 and 7.
He was just as good Wednesday, earning chants of ‘‘Hen-reek!’’ late in the third period. His teammates got to Capitals goalie Braden Holtby with a couple of quick scores.
New York dominated the second period, outshooting Washington 21-6.
Moore scored his first goal of the season 12:05 into that period during 4-on-4 play, after Ovechkin was sent to the penalty box for slashing Derek Stepan during a short-handed breakaway. Callahan then knocked in his third of the season — and third in two games — by cutting across the crease to beat Ovechkin and defenseman John Carlson to Richards’ centering pass.
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Downcast before the final game of what had been a difficult road trip, the Ottawa Senators found a way to dig out a little momentum in the desert before heading home. Cory Conacher scored at 2:48 of overtime, Jason Spezza completed a natural hat trick to erase a two-goal deficit and the Senators ended a four-game winless streak with a 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night in Glendale, Ariz.
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Matt Duchene scored twice and Semyon Varlamov stopped 39 shots, helping the Colorado Avalanche hold off the Dallas Stars, 3-2, in Denver Tuesday night and improve to 6-0 in Patrick Roy’s first season on the bench.
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Patrick Sharp scored in the shootout and the Chicago Blackhawks claimed the 2,500th victory in club history by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 Tuesday night in Raleigh, N.C.
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Joe Thornton had a goal and three assists, Patrick Marleau had a goal and two assists, and the San Jose Sharks downed the Blues, 6-2, in St. Louis in a matchup of unbeaten team Tuesday.
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Carey Price made 36 saves and the visiting Montreal Canadiens extended their winning streak to three games Tuesday by shutting out the Winnipeg Jets, 3-0.