Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Henrik Lundqvist stopped 35 shots for his league-leading eighth shutout of the season as the New York Rangers dominated the Washington Capitals, 6-0, at Verizon Center.
Erik Christensen provided two goals and two assists, while Vinny Prospal, Brian Boyle and Derek Stepan each had a goal and an assist for the Rangers, who have won their past two games.
Michal Neuvirth was touched for all six goals on 28 shots for the Capitals, who had won three of four coming in.
The Rangers got the only goal they needed just 5:56 into the game when a blast from Steve Eminger at the right point sailed past Neuvirth.
Christensen got his first goal of the game with 5:13 to play in the first when he had an easy tap-in from the low slot off a pass from Michael Sauer.
A power-play goal from Christensen, who scored on a one-timer from the right circle off a no-look feed from Ryan Callahan, made it 3-0 just over four minutes into the second and Stepan scored on the advantage with 2:08 to play in the second.
Prospal’s goal 6:16 into the third and Boyle’s goal in the final minute accounted for the final score.
New York hosts Tampa Bay on Sunday…Washington plays at the Islanders on Saturday…The Rangers took three of the four games with the Capitals this season…Rangers left wing Ruslan Fedotenko left the game with an undisclosed injury. He was back in the lineup for the first time since Jan. 19 as he missed time with a separated shoulder followed by an appendectomy…Lundqvist has 32 shutouts in his career.