WASHINGTON — Antti Raanta made 32 saves while subbing for injured Henrik Lundqvist and Derek Stepan scored 17 seconds into the third period to break a tie as the Rangers bounced back from a loss in Pittsburgh to beat the Capitals 3-2 Friday.
Raanta was pressed into starting duty after Lundqvist was ruled out because of neck spasms. He was stellar against the NHL's top team, helping the Rangers extend their streak of not losing consecutive games that dates to mid December.
Lundqvist's status was day to day, coach Alain Vigneault said. The goalie left the Pittsburgh game after the second period, in which a teammate ran into him while he was in the crease.
The Capitals continued their run of poor starts, giving up the first goal for the ninth time in their past 11 games. The puck pinballed to the slot at 5:47, and Jesper Fast snapped a quick shot past Holtby.
Before the first period was over, the Rangers had a 2-0 lead.
Around the league: Bruins forward Zac Rinaldo, suspended by the NHL for five games Tuesday for an illegal check to the head of Lightning forward Cedric Paquette, was ejected from AHL Providence's game Friday for an illegal check to the head of a Bridgeport player. Rinaldo was sent to Providence after the Lightning game Sunday because he had been placed on waivers before the game and wasn't unclaimed. Rinaldo is eligible to play in the AHL. He will serve his suspension when he returns to the NHL.
First Period—1, N.Y. Rangers, Fast 9 (Girardi, McDonagh), 5:47. 2, N.Y. Rangers, Yandle 5 (Brassard, Stepan), 16:37 (pp). Penalties—M.Staal, NYR (tripping), 8:00; Miller, NYR (roughing), 11:02; Beagle, Was (roughing), 11:02; Alzner, Was (tripping), 15:33.
Second Period—3, Washington, Beagle 7, 10:58. 4, Washington, Oshie 19, 19:20 (pp). Penalties—Glass, NYR (slashing), 18:19.
Third Period—5, N.Y. Rangers, Stepan 15 (McDonagh), :17. Penalties—Williams, Was (slashing), :56. Shots on Goal—N.Y. Rangers 8-11-4—23. Washington 8-15-11—34. PPs—N.Y. Rangers 1 of 2; Washington 1 of 2. Goalies—N.Y. Rangers, Raanta 7-4-2 (34 shots-32 saves). Washington, Holtby 40-8-3 (23-20).
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First Period—1, Columbus, Atkinson 21 (Dubinsky, Jenner), 1:54. 2, Columbus, Savard 2 (Saad, Calvert), 2:44. Penalties—Hendricks, Edm, major (fighting), 4:16; Campbell, Clm, major (fighting), 4:16.
Second Period—3, Edmonton, Draisaitl 17 (Pardy, Maroon), 4:35. 4, Columbus, Tyutin 1 (Hartnell, Foligno), 4:45. 5, Columbus, Jenner 23 (Murray, S.Jones), 10:54 (pp). 6, Edmonton, Hall 22 (Sekera, McDavid), 19:00 (pp). 7, Columbus, Hartnell 21 (Wennberg), 19:43. Penalties—Yakupov, Edm (tripping), 9:55; Letestu, Edm (hooking), 14:20; S.Jones, Clm (tripping), 17:55.
Third Period—8, Edmonton, McDavid 13 (Maroon, Sekera), 3:22. 9, Columbus, Savard 3 (Karlsson, Clarkson), 3:57. Penalties—Maroon, Edm (cross-checking), 11:42; Dubinsky, Clm (interference), 14:57; Maroon, Edm, major (fighting), 19:24; Boll, Clm, major (fighting), 19:24; Prout, Clm (boarding), 19:45. Shots on Goal—Edmonton 13-10-13—36. Columbus 8-11-8—27. PPs—Edmonton 1 of 3; Columbus 1 of 3. Goalies—Edmonton, Brossoit 0-1-1 (27 shots-21 saves). Columbus, Korpisalo 13-8-4 (36-33).