Grubauer passes test as Capitals thrash Rangers


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.