Capitals drop fourth in a row

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

The Washington Capitals lost their fourth game in a row with their latest setback on Sunday afternoon being a 5-2 loss to Cup contenders New York Rangers.

There is just five games left in the season. Next up is a Thursday night road game at the Montreal Canadiens.

This was a game I was glad I didn’t go to as Rangers fans took over. Instead of the usual red in the stands there was the Broadway blue. K’Andre Miller struck first at 13:17. Alexis Lafreniere made it 2-0 at 15:19. Rangers led in shots after one 9-6.

In the second Kaapo Kakko made it 3-0 one minute into the period. The Caps finally got on the board with Dylan Strome’s career high 19th goal of the season at 13:23. Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson had the assists.

3-1 Rangers was the score after 40 as shots were even at eight apiece in the second.

At 5:53 in the third, Vladimir Tarasenko made it a 4-1 game. Aliaksei Protas got one back for the Capitals at 11:44 for his fourth goal of the season but that was as close as they would get. Carlson and Nicklas Backstrom had the assists.

At 14:14 Mika Zibanejad sent the New Yorkers back home happy with a power play goal. The Rangers led in shots 17-14 in the third period and 34-28 overall.

Frustrations boiled in the third period to the point where Rangers owner Tom Wilson got in a fight after Alex Ovechkin got tossed from the game. Ovechkin had a clean hit earlier in the game but Barclay Goodrow wasn’t having it. Ovechkin cross checked Goodrow. Wilson and Goodrow dropped the gloves. Martin Fehervary also got in his first fight.

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Hey if the Caps won’t make the playoffs let’s have fun and fight some people while we’re at it. I guess that’s the mindset of the guys on the ice because they should just forfeit these five games.