Marcus Johansson scored two goals as the division-leading Washington Capitals, and newly-acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, topped the injury-depleted Rangers, 4-1, Tuesday night at The Garden. The Blueshirts squandered a 1-0 1st period lead, and have now lost two straight games, but finished February with a 9-3-1 record.
Shattenkirk, acquired from St. Louis Monday, played nearly 18 minutes for Washington, but without scoring.
The Rangers were without Dan Girardi, Kevin Klein, and Mika Zibanejad, all out with injuries.
The Blueshirts took that 1-0 lead 5:08 into the game when Brady Skjei deflected a pass from Adam Clendening past Washington goalie Braden Holtby.
2nd period goals from Johansson [at 7:28] and Brett Connolly [at 16:26] gave the Caps the lead. Washington added 3rd period goals from Johansson and Nicklas Backstrom for the final 4-1 margin.
Holtby made 29 saves, while Henrik Lundqvist made 34.
The struggling New York power play continues to sputter, going 0-for-4; it is now 1-for-29 in the last 11 games.
The Rangers [now 40-21-2, 82 pts] play the Bruins in Boston Thursday night.