NEW YORK – The Washington Capitals reveled in what they accomplished Sunday night.
The New York Rangers seethed at what they didn’t.
Steve Oleksy, Jason Chimera and Mikhail Grabovski scored second-period goals in the Capitals’ 4-1 win over the Rangers.
“We felt them deflate a little bit,” Oleksy said.
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.
“It’s a huge pressure, but he handled it,” Capitals star forward Alex Ovechkin said. “It’s good for him and it’s good for us.”
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.
Blackhawks 6, Panthers 2
In Chicago, Patrick Sharp had a goal and two assists as the Blackhawks scored a season-high three times on the power play.
Wild 3, Sharks 1
In St. Paul, Minnesota, Josh Harding made 37 saves in another strong home outing as the Wild beat San Jose despite recording only 13 shots.
Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 2
In Toronto, Carl Soderberg and Torey Krug scored second-period power-play goals.
Canucks 3, Avalanche 1
In Vancouver, Mike Santorelli scored two goals and added an assist in the Canucks’ victory.