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Caps ride six unanswered goals to big win in New York


Caps ride six unanswered goals to big win in New York

NEW YORK – Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 7-3 win over the New York Rangers Sunday night at Madison Square Garden:

How it happened: Trailing 3-1 after one period, the Capitals ran off six unanswered goals – one each by Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie, Alex Ovechkin, Justin Williams, Jason Chimera and Marcus Johansson – to record their second straight comeback victory. The Caps chased starting goalie Henrik Lundqvist with five goals on 24 shots through two periods.

By the numbers: Williams (2 goals, 1 assist), Johansson (1 goal, 2 assists) and Nicklas Backstrom (3 assists) led the Capitals with three points each. 

Isn’t that special? The Caps went 2-for-3 on the power play, getting goals from Ovechkin (his team-high 17th of the season and 492nd of his career) and Williams. They also scored their second shorthanded goal of the season, both off the stick of Jason Chimera, who turned a Tom Wilson takeaway into his eighth goal of the season.  

How bad was it?: It was so depressing inside Madison Square Garden that when Marcus Johansson made it 7-3 with 4:36 gone in the final period, the in-house DJ played, “96 Tears” by Question Mark & The Mysterians. 

Sweet vindication: After Caps coach Barry Trotz said Braden Holtby needed to bounce back from his shaky performance against the Rangers back on Nov. 3, Holtby allowed three goals on the first 15 shots he faced and there was some question whether he would be pulled for backup Philipp Grubauer for the start of the second period. Trotz stuck with his starter and Holtby responded by stopping 20 straight shots while the Caps went on their scoring spree. Holtby improved to 21-4-1 with the win.

Don’t mess with Holts: With the score tied at 3 midway through the second period, Holtby gave Mats Zuccarello a shove in the crease and Rangers forward Tanner Glass followed with a punch at Holtby’s chest. That’s when Tom Wilson hunted down Glass like a wild boar and both went off with roughing penalties.    

Look ahead: It will be interesting to see if Holtby or Grubauer gets the call when the Caps complete their pre-Christmas schedule with a visit to Raleigh on Monday when they face the Carolina Hurricanes.

RELATED: Big second period gives Caps the two-goal lead

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Game 75 Capitals at Canadiens Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 75 Capitals at Canadiens Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Montreal Canadiens

Where: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Canadiens will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Canadiens game on NBC Sports' live stream page.


The Capitals (43-24-7) take on the Canadiens (27-36-12) Saturday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Montreal.


The Capitals-Canadiens game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off on NBC Sports Washington with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington after the game for Caps Extra and Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. for postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals at Canadiens
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime


You can watch the Capitals-Canadiens game on NBC Sports' live stream page.


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Touted Prospect Shane Gersich signs with Caps, joins team immediately


Touted Prospect Shane Gersich signs with Caps, joins team immediately

The Caps signed University of North Dakota forward Shane Gersich, a fifth round selection in 2014 and one of the organization’s top prospects, on Friday morning, the team announced.

Gersich, a left shot who is listed at 5-11, 175-pounds, has already joined the team in Montreal, where the Caps play the Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday night.

His contract, which begins this season, carries an average annual value of $925,000.

It’s unclear when Gersich will make his NHL debut, but it could happen at some point in the Caps’ final eight games before the playoffs.


NBC Sports Washington has been told that the primary objective for Gersich in the coming weeks is to get his first taste of the NHL by observing—and practicing alongside—his new teammates in Washington. If the opportunity to get him into the lineup presents itself, then it’s possible he’ll suit up.

The 21-year-old just completed his third season at UND. Here are Gersich’s numbers from junior and college, courtesy of


At UND, the smooth-skating and skilled Gersich also produced this memorable goal vs. Denver:

Gersich has been assigned jersey No. 63 in Washington, according to the Caps’ website.

The addition of Gersich and subsequent subtraction of Travis Boyd, who was reassigned to Hershey on Friday morning, leaves the Caps with 14 forwards on the roster.

“I think he did a great job at rookie camp,” Caps GM Brian MacLellan said of Gersich in July. “He was one of our best players, if not the best player, at camp. Really happy about the way he’s progressed and where we picked him. I think Ross Mahoney did a great job with that pick.”