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CAPITALS: Four-Minute Penalty Kill A Bit Different Than Monday
WASHINGTON — The Washington Capitals successfully killed off a double-minor for high sticking in the second period of their 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday, one game after the same penalty was their undoing Monday night.
Jeff Halpern was along the left halfboards in the offensive zone when his stick hit New York’s John Mitchell in the bridge of the nose, drawing blood. The Capitals responded with a four-minute penalty kill that saw the Rangers take only three shots on goal, with two others blocked and the sixth a miss.
“It sucked,” Rangers head coach John Tortorella said. “It kills you. It sucked.”
Washington even managed two short-handed opportunities, first by Marcus Johansson and, later, one by Mike Green on a poorly-timed Rangers line change.
New York won Game 5 on Monday when Joel Ward was sent to the box with 21.3 seconds remaining, scoring the tying goal with 7.6 seconds left and then the winner 1:35 into overtime.
The pair of penalty kills, plus three others in the game, has the Capitals at 19-for-23 while down a man in the series.
“You try not to let it sink too deep into your mind, obviously,” Matt Hendricks said. “You want to think positive.”
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