Zibanejad ends goal drought, Rangers defeat Capitals


WASHINGTONRyan Strome scored his 100th goal and added an assist to help the New York Rangers defeat the Washington Capitals 4-1 at Capital One Arena on Saturday.

Mika Zibanejad scored his first goal in 13 games for New York (6-7-3), which has won two in a row after an 0-3-1 skid. Igor Shesterkin made 27 saves for the Rangers and Artemi Panarin had two assists.

Dmitry Orlov scored and Vitek Vanecek made 20 saves for Washington (8-5-3).

Chris Kreider gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead at 14:57 of the first period when he knocked in the rebound of Panarin’s shot on a power play.
Alexis Lafrenière made it 2-0 when he took a pass alone in the slot from Panarin and lifted a backhander over Vanecek’s pads at 17:44 of the second period.

Just under a minute later Strome’s wrist shot from the point at 18:43 increased the Rangers lead to 3-0, but Orlov got the Capitals within 3-1 when he won the puck along the boards and scored from the left circle at 19:21. 

Zibanejad, who led the Rangers with 41 goals last season, ended his drought with a short-handed empty-net goal at 17:48 of the third period to give New York a 4-1 lead.

The Rangers went 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Capitals were 0-for-4.

Rangers forward Kaapo Kakko was not in the lineup and will be placed on the COVID-19 protocol list, MSG Network reported.

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