For the past for the past 5 years, the New York Rangers have simply dominated the Washington Capitals. But in 2013-14, Washington appears to be a different team. The Capitals used a late goal by Eric Fehr to win their third contest of the four game season series against the rival Rangers.
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Washington earned an early power play, and Martin Erat opened up the defense finding Mike Green with a nifty pass that led to a slap shot goal from Green. The defender has severely struggled throughout 2013 and appeared to shrug of the doubters with improved confidence, and his third goal of the season. New York answered with a power play goal of their own when Benoit Pouliot redirected a shot in front. Then, Phillip Grubauer made a save and quickly began the offensive break, as Nicklas Backstrom snuck behind the Ranger defenders and beat Cam Talbot. Grubauer played an outstanding game finishing with 40 saves.
The Rangers, however, answered the call shortly thereafter when Carl Hagelin deaked Grubauer for a goal of his own, and suddenly the score was knotted at two a piece.
Finally, it was Fehr’s turn to send the Capital’s crowd into frenzy, as he ripped a four on four wrist shot giving Washington the win. The Caps showed great poise on Friday and are primed for a big run following the Christmas break.