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.


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?