New York—Philipp Grubauer stopped all 36 shots he faced in regulation, including 18 in the final frame, to help the Caps procure one point in New York.
But the backup goalie wasn’t quite as magical in the shootout, where Mats Zuccarello and Mike Zibanejad struck to lift the Rangers to a 1-0 win. The defeat was Washington's third in a row (0-1-2). It also marked the second straight game in which Alex Ovechkin and Co. failed to score a goal.
Tarik’s three stars of the game:
1- Philipp Grubauer, Capitals
Grubi was the story of the night. He finished with 37 stops and, at times, was the only reason the Caps managed to stay in the game. His best save of the night occurred midway through a scoreless third period when he exploded over to his right and then sprawled out to make a stick stop on Zibanejad.
2-Rick Nash, Rangers
The veteran winger was the most dangerous player on the ice all night, finishing with a game-high six shots. Had he not hit the post in the first period, he might have given the New York all they needed in regulation.
3-Ondrej Pavelec, Rangers
In a battle of the backups, Pavelec wasn’t quite as good as Grubauer. Then again, he didn’t need to be. But he was still very, very good in turning away 30 Capitals’ shots. His best sequence came in the second period when he thwarted Alex Chiasson twice from point-blank range.
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