Capitals' Grubauer stops 30 shots in 1st NHL win

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 8, 2013 at 10:25 pm •  Published: December 8, 2013
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NEW YORK (AP) — The Washington Capitals reveled in what they accomplished Sunday night.

The New York Rangers seethed at what they didn't.

Steve Oleksy, Jason Chimera and Mikhail Grabovski scored second-period goals in the Capitals' 4-1 win over the Rangers.

"We felt them deflate a little bit," Oleksy said.

Washington defenseman Nate Schmidt added a goal in the third for the Capitals, who beat Nashville at home on Saturday. Schmidt, a 22-year-old rookie, scored his first NHL goal in that game.

Grabovski's goal came on a penalty shot.

In his fourth NHL game, Philipp Grubauer made 30 saves for Washington (16-12-2) to earn his first career win. The Capitals have won four of five.

"It's a huge pressure, but he handled it," Capitals star forward Alex Ovechkin said. "It's good for him and it's good for us."

New York (15-15-1), beaten at home in overtime by New Jersey on Saturday, has lost three of five. Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves, and Benoit Pouliot scored the Rangers' lone goal with 1:53 left to spoil Grubauer's shutout bid.

The Rangers are 0-1-1 on their team-record, nine-game homestand.

Following the loss, the Rangers held a players-only, closed-door meeting for about 15 minutes. The meeting was at least the second they have held this season.

"It's one of those things. It's not going to come from anyone else except from the 22 guys in here," New York center Derek Stepan said. "We have to find a way to grab it. Forget about what happened in the first (number) of games.

"It doesn't matter if you were playing well, playing bad. It doesn't matter. We have to start playing as a group."

Washington now has a three point lead over New York for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

"We need to grasp it here, need to play with some desperation," Stepan said. "That's the biggest key right now. Points are points right now. You have to win your hockey games."

Chimera opened the scoring 2:28 into the second period. He found a loose puck in a cluster of players around the crease and shoved it in before being knocked down by Justin Falk.

That ended Lundqvist's shutout streak against Washington at 202 minutes, 28 seconds, dating to Game 6 of last season's first-round playoff series.

Just 25 seconds later, Oleksy ripped a slap shot past Lundqvist to give Washington a 2-0 lead.



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