Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Capitals Slide Past Rangers Nhl Roundup

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Capitals Slide Past Rangers Nhl Roundup

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Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist, and Eric Fehr scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:09 left to lead the host Washington Capitals to a 3-2 victory Friday night against the New York Rangers.

Moments after New York defenseman Dan Girardi's drive hit the post, Fehr took a pass from Backstrom on a 4-on-4 play, skated in, and beat goalie Cam Talbot from the right circle for his sixth goal.

Defenseman Mike Green added a goal, and Philipp Grubauer had 37 saves for Washington, which had dropped two games in a row before taking the finale of a three-game homestand.

Benoit Pouliot and Carl Hagelin scored for New York, which had won two games in a row. It was the Rangers' first game after a nine- game homestand.

Talbot, making his third consecutive start in place of No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist, stopped 31 shots in the opener of a five- game road trip.

Hagelin tied the score with a short-handed goal 17 seconds into the third period. He took a feed from Ryan McDonagh, skated in alone on Grubauer, and beat scored with a backhanded shot.

Talbot came in with an 8-2 record and a 1.60 goals-against average in 12 games. He won the final two games of the homestand.

Lundqvist, a three-time All-Star, signed a seven-year, $59.5 million contract extension Dec. 4 to become the highest-paid NHL goalie.

Since then, he is 2-4-2 with a 3.41 goals-against average in eight games. Lundqvist lost his most recent appearance, 5-3, against the New York Islanders last Friday, giving up four goals on 19 shots. The Rangers outshot Washington, 14-7, in the opening period and had two power plays to one for the Capitals, but trailed, 1-0, when it ended. With Rick Nash off for tripping, Martin Erat sent a pass to Green at the point for a one-timer that got past Talbot on the glove side at 6:55. It was Green's third goal this season.

The Rangers tied it on a power play when Pouliot deflected Brad Richards' shot from the point past Grubauer at 1:37 of the second period. It was Pouliot's sixth goal this season and third in the past four games.

The Capitals appeared to retake the lead midway through the second, but a replay review showed that Fehr's shot bounced off the post, went behind Talbot, but did not cross the goal line. …

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