Capitals snap Rangers' 5-game winning streak
WASHINGTON—Alexander Semin scored twice, Troy Brouwer tallied the tiebreaking goal midway through the second period, and the Washington Capitals halted the New York Rangers' five-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory on Wednesday night.
With the game tied 1-1, Brouwer got tangled with Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh in front of the New York. Brouwer not only screened goalie Martin Biron but redirected John Carlson's drive from the left point for his 10th goal of the season at 10:24.
Marcus Johansson also scored for the Capitals, who snapped a two-game skid by beating the top team in the Eastern Conference. Alex Ovechkin had two assists.
Brandon Dubinsky scored for the Rangers, 7-3 in their last 10 games. Marian Gaborik, tied for the NHL lead with 22 goals, had his run of five straight games with a goal stopped.
Tomas Vokoun, making his first start in six games, made 31 saves for the victory.
Johansson gave Washington a 1-0 lead 8:18 in, sweeping the rebound of Jeff Halpern's right-side shot past Biron for his seventh of the season.
The Rangers used a fortuitous bounce to tie it at 17:16 of the first period. After New York's Ryan Callahan dived to block Carlson's shot, the puck squirted up the ice -- setting up Dubinsky to beat Vokoun on a 2-on-1 break.
About 2 1/2 minutes after Brouwer's redirect put the Capitals ahead, Ovechkin's hard check in the neutral zone knocked the puck loose from Brad Richards. Nicklas Backstrom got to it, and his shovel pass sprung Semin, who got a step on a defender and converted a back-hander for a 3-1 Capitals lead.
Callahan appeared to cut the Washington lead to a goal on a power play with 7:59 remaining in the game, but the goal was disallowed after a video review revealed that he kicked the puck into the net.
Semin's second goal of the night made it 4-1 with 2:35 left. Skating down the right wing, Semin whisked in a cross-ice feed from Ovechkin from the right circle.
Notes: Ovechkin has points in five straight games. ... C Jay Beagle returned to the Washington lineup after missing 31 games. He sustained a concussion in a fight with Pittsburgh's Arron Asham on Oct. 13. ... Gaborik, who had seven goals and an assist in his previous five games, is one assist away from 300 in the NHL.