Capitals’ Grubauer stops 30 shots in 1st NHL win

Updated at: 12/08/2013 8:35 PM
By DENIS GORMAN

(AP) NEW YORK - Jason Chimera, Steve Oleksy and Mikhail Grabovski scored second-period goals to power the Washington Capitals to a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Sunday night.

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.

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.

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

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.

Grabovski was awarded a penalty shot with 1:34 left in the second after Ryan McDonagh hooked him on a breakaway. Grabovski then beat Lundqvist glove side with a slap shot from between the circles.

Schmidt pushed the lead to 4-0 with 2:57 left.

Much of the game was played on the perimeter as both teams clogged the middle of the ice in their defensive zones. Washington recorded 36 shots, and New York finished with 31.

Both teams were 0-for-2 on the power play.

Despite the playoff history between the two teams, the game lacked emotion outside of several scrums. Offensive stars Rick Nash of the Rangers, and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin were given roughing penalties during a late second-period dust-up.

NOTES: New York D Marc Staal sat out after being injured Saturday against New Jersey. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault described the ailment as "neck issues which are causing him to have some symptoms." Staal, who has a history of concussions, hadn’t yet been diagnosed with another. "We’re taking every precaution," Vigneault said. "We’ll probably know more in the next day or two." Michael Del Zotto replaced Staal in the lineup. ... Grubauer made his second NHL start and second outing of this season. His other start came last season.

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