NEW YORK -- News, notes and quotes as the Caps enjoy the aftertaste of Sunday night’s 7-3 win over the Rangers and look ahead to Monday night’s visit to Raleigh, where they’ll close out their pre-Christmas schedule against the Carolina Hurricanes:
Never a doubt: Two nights after rallying from a 3-0 deficit to stun the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Caps scored six unanswered goals and chased Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist (five goals on 24 shots) Sunday night.
The Caps are now 3-3-1 when trailing after one period and 4-3-1 when trailing after two. They are the only NHL team with a winning record when trailing after two periods.
“You’re proud of the fact we’ve been able to do it, but you don’t want to be in that situation,” Caps coach Barry Trotz said. “You’re just tempting fate all the time.”
Conversely, the Caps are 10-0-0 when leading after one period and 16-0-0 when leading after two.
Bad starts: The Caps have gone without morning skates in each of their last two games and have been outscored 4-1 in the first periods.
“We didn’t skate, so we can lay blame on something,” said Justin Williams, who netted a pair of goals and is on pace for 26 this season, along with 59 points. “We won’t, but our first periods have not been good enough.”
Angry Barry: Trotz said he wasn’t angry enough to have any “furniture moving” following the Caps’ lackluster first period in New York, but he did make it clear it was too early for his players to have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads.
“I said after the first period, ‘Christmas break doesn’t start until we finish the Carolina game (Monday night),” Trotz said. “Let’s not get away from our jobs here.”
Big kill: The Rangers had a chance to fatten their lead to 4-1 early in the second period when Tom Wilson took an unsportsmanlike penalty for dropping his gloves against an unwilling Dylan McIlrath, but the Caps killed the penalty, thanks to a big block by Nate Schmidt.
“Guys on the bench were all cheering for him,” Trotz said. “They love it when guys make those commitment plays.”
Oshie OK: T.J. Oshie left the game with about 7 minutes remaining in the second period but came back to see limited action in the third when the outcome was decided. Trotz said Oshie “tweaked” something in his lower body but was OK to finish the game.
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