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Caps earn first win over Rangers with second period surge

Caps earn first win over Rangers with second period surge

Final score: Washington Capitals 4, New York Rangers 1

How it happened: After a slow start, the Caps responded in a big way in the second period. Sparked by a Daniel Winnik fight, Marcus Johansson and Brett Connolly scored in the second period to put the Caps up 2-1.The Caps took control down the stretch as Johansson and Nicklas Backstrom both added insurance tallies in the third.

What it means: The win is Washington’s first over the Rangers this season in three games. It was also career win No. 700 for head coach Barry Trotz. The Caps are now 13-7-5 against Metropolitan teams and have erased the sour taste left by their last loss to the Rangers and Saturday’s loss to the Predators. Amazing what you can do when you don’t have to play a team 22 hours after another game.

Goals

Rangers goal: Brady Skjei from Adam Clendening and J.T. Miller at 5:08 in the first period. Skjei went directly to the front of the net off the rush and the Caps’ left him all alone allowing the easy layup fro the opening goal. Caps 0, Rangers 1

Capitals goal: Marcus Johansson from Dmitry Orlov and Evgeny Kuznetsov at 7:28 in the second period. Johansson and Orlov passed back and forth on the rush. Orlov then wristed a shot off the pad of Henrik Lundqvist. The kick out save sent the puck right to a waiting Johansson for the goal. Caps 1, Rangers 1

Capitals goal: Brett Connolly from Matt Niskanen and Lars Eller at 16:26 in the second period. Niskanen found a seam in the defense and drove to the net, but lost the puck. Lucky for him, Connolly was in front of the net and the puck rolled right to him. Connolly then spun around for the quick shot and the goal. Caps 2, Rangers 1

Capitals goal: Marcus Johansson from Evgeny Kuznetsov and Matt Niskanen at 1:15 in the third period. Johansson sent a slick backhand pass from Kuznetsov to the top shelf with a fantastic deflection to the top shelf to beat Lundqvist. Caps 3, Rangers 1

Capitals goal: Nicklas Backstrom (power play) from John Carlson and Marcus Johansson at 17:57 in the third period. Backstrom got a fortuante defelction off the stick of Skjei that completely handcuffed Lundqvist. Caps 4, Rangers 1

3 Stars

1. Marcus Johansson: Johansson always seems to score in bunches. After being held off the scoresheet for five games, the Swedish forward scored twice including a fantastic deflection to the top-shelf to help lead the Caps to the win. Johansson's two goals now give him a career-high 21 for the season.

2. Kevin Shattenkirk: The Caps' newest acquistion's debut was a good one. He registered four shots on goal including three in the first period. He looked right at home on the power play, feeing Alex Ovechkin right in the office. Matt Niskanen and John Carlson have struggled at times giving him perfect setups on the power play. That was not the case on Tuesday for Shattenkirk.

3. Daniel Winnik: Winnik's fight with  Adam Clendening in the second period was the turning point of the game. Winnik took exception to a big hit from Clendening and dropped the gloves with the Rangers' defenseman. That moment seemed to spark the Caps. When Winnik went into the penalty box, the Caps were down 1-0. Just 11 seconds later, Johansson tied the game at one.

Look ahead: The Caps return to Washington for a three-game home stand starting on Thursday against the New Jersey Devils. They will also host the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday and the Dallas Stars on Monday.

Tell us what you think: Kevin Shattenkirk got his first game as a Cap on Tuesday, registering four shots on goal and playing the point on the power play. What were your first impressions of the team's new blue liner? Do you think he provides what the Caps needed?

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4 things to know for the Capitals’ matchup against undefeated Colorado

4 things to know for the Capitals’ matchup against undefeated Colorado

The Capitals (3-1-2) snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday and will look to stay in the win column on Monday in a game against the Colorado Avalanche (4-0-0). You can catch all the action on NBC Sports Washington with Caps FaceOff Live kicking things off at 4 p.m. before Caps Pregame Live begins at 4:30 p.m. to bring you up to the 5 p.m. puck drop. Stick with NBC Sports Washington afterward for Caps Postgame Live, D.C. Sports Live and Caps Overtime Live.

Here are four things to know for Saturday’s game.

Colorado is undefeated

The Avalanche is one of two teams left in the NHL that has not suffered a loss of any kind. Of their four wins, only one of them was not in regulation and that also happened to be the only game Philipp Grubauer did not play in net.

All four wins also happen to be at home as Monday’s game will be Colorado’s first on the road this season.

Washington will face former Caps Andre Burakovsky and Philipp Grubauer

Things seem to be going well in Burakovsky’s first season with the Avalanche. The winger has two goals and two assists in four games and has scored the game-winner in each of the past two games.

Burakovsky was a restricted free agent in the offseason and his contract carried a large qualifying offer which the Caps could not afford. The team traded his rights to  Colorado for a second and a third-round draft pick as well as a prospect on an expiring contract.

In net, Grubauer enters his second season with Colorado and first as the undisputed starter of the team. He earned the job after last year’s playoff performance in which he won seven games, posted a .925 save percentage and brought the Avalanche to within one win of advancing to the conference final.

In three games this season, Grubauer is 3-0-0 with a .931 save percentage.

The best line in hockey?

Colorado boasts one of the top lines, if not the outright best line in hockey with Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen. All three players have had their fair share of success against Washington in their careers.

Landeskog has scored 14 points in just 13 games against the Caps, MacKinnon has 13 points in 11 games and Rantanen has seven points in five games.

The Caps have historically been a difficult matchup for Colorado

Washington’s last three games were against the Dallas Stars (twice) and the Nashville Predators, two teams the Caps have not fared well against historically. The roles are reversed for Monday’s game as this time it's the Caps who have been the thorn in the side of their opponent.

Colorado has lost nine of its last 10 meetings with Washington with its last win coming back on Nov. 16, 2017. The last win before was four years prior in November 2013.

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How to watch Capitals vs. Avalanche: Time, TV channel, live stream

How to watch Capitals vs. Avalanche: Time, TV channel, live stream

The Washington Capitals bounced back from a disappointing loss to the Nashville Predators, where they gave up four leads in a 6-5 contest, with a commanding 4-1 win against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night to end a three-game losing skid. Now, they welcome the Colarado Avalanche to town Monday night. 

The Avalanche have gotten off to a perfect 4-0 start this season, a record which was preserved in a 3-2 overtime win against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night. Ex-Capitals left winger Andre Burakovsky netted the game-winner while goaltender Pavel Francouz stopped 34 of 36 shots. 

Washington's John Carlson notched a goal and an assist while Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his second goal of the year in the win against Dallas, while Ilya Samsonov impressed in his second career start in net. He's now stopped 49 of the first 51 shots faced in his young NHL career. The Caps will look for their key contributors to perform against the undefeated visitors.

Here's everything you need to know about Monday evening's game, with the opening face-off coming at 5:00 p.m. live on NBC Sports Washington.  

Capitals vs. Avalanche: How to watch

What: Washington Capitals vs. Colarado Avalanche, Game 7 of the 2019-20 NHL Regular Season

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C. 

When: Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Capitals vs. Avalanche game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports channel finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals at Predators on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.

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CAPITALS vs. AVALANCHE TV SCHEDULE

4:00 PM: Caps FaceOff Live

4:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live

5:00 PM: Avalanche @ Capitals Live

7:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live

8:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live

8:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live

Capitals vs. Avalanche Injury Report

Capitals: D Michal Kempny, hamstring injury, day-to-day

Avalanche: C J.T. Compher, lower body, day-to-day; D Ian Cole, hamstring, day-to-day

CAPITALS vs. Avalanche PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Michal Kempny, D, Washington Capitals: The defender could make his season debut as he recovers from a hamstring injury. He felt good after an optional practice on Sunday and said if he doesn't play Monday, he'll be back soon enough. His return will bring a boost to the defensive backline for the Caps. 

John Carlson, D, Washington Capitals (2 G, 8 A, 10 Pts): Carlson has been quite the provider from up top on offense, leading the NHL in assists along with points leader Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers. Nobody else has more than four assists on the Capitals. 

Andre Burakovsky, LW, Colarado Avalanche (2 G, 2 A, 4 Pts): Burakovsky not only scored the game-winner Saturday night against Arizona, but also nothed an assist and had four shots on goal. After spending his first five seasons in the nation's capital, the Avalanche traded second and third-round picks in the 2020 NHL Draft and forward Scott Kosmachuk for his services in June. 

CAPITALS vs. AVALANCHE SERIES HISTORY 

Number of meetings: 85

All-time series record: Caps lead 44-32-9

Last meeting: Caps won 4-3 (OT) (4/7/19)

Last 10: Caps lead 9-1

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