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Morrisonn, Ovechkin rally Capitals past Rangers in OT

Dec 24, 2008 - 4:12 AM
NEW YORK (Ticker) -- Defenseman Shaone Morrisonn scored his first goal of the season just 59 seconds into overtime as the Washington Capitals overcame a four-goal deficit to defeat the New York Rangers, 5-4, on Tuesday.

Alex Ovechkin netted a pair of goals and Tomas Fleischmann and Viktor Kozlov both tallied on the power play for the Capitals, who ended a seven-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden.

Nicklas Backstrom had three assists and rookie defenseman Sean Collins collected his first career point for Washington, which has won six of its last seven games.

"I think they just stopped playing hockey," Ovechkin said of the comeback. "They probably believed - 4-0, they're going to win the game."

"We just thought that we had a lot of chances in the first period," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau added. "I thought we outchanced them. If we could get one, and start believing; that's all we kept thinking about in the room. If you believe, it can happen."

Ryan Callahan had two goals and captain Chris Drury had three assists for the Rangers, who have lost back-to-back contests.

"This is an important point that could get us home-ice advantage," Drury said. "I will try not to let this ruin my Christmas. There are 23 or 24 teams that would be dying to have our record and all of the points we have accumulated."

"You have to forget about it and let this one go, it is that bad of a loss," said Scott Gomez, who was celebrating his 29th birthday. "You have to throw it out right away."

The Capitals faced a 4-0 deficit after Callahan netted his 11th goal of the season on a breakaway at the 4:48 mark of the second period, deking goaltender Jose Theodore, who was pulled in the first but came back to start the next session.

Ovechkin started the comeback with 7:25 left in the middle period, firing a wrist shot that deflected off New York blue-liner Michal Rozsival's stick on over goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's shoulder.

"A lucky bounce. I was kind of tired and it was a lucky goal," said Ovechkin, who has 22 goals this season. "When you score a goal, you just wake up a little bit and you never know what's going to happen."

Fleischmann and Kozlov both scored against the Rangers' top-ranked penalty-killing unit in the third period to cut the deficit to 4-1. Ovechkin then capitalized on a turnover and beat Lundqvist on a breakaway with 7:22 remaining in regulation to tie the game.

"We knew this was going to be 2 1/2 hours of work tonight," New York coach Tom Renney said. "They have one of the best players (Ovechkin) in the their lineup and he's a heck of a leader."

In the extra session, former Ranger Michael Nylander delivered a drop back pass to Morrisonn, who unleashed a slap shot from the top of the right circle that sailed past Lundqvist to complete the comeback.

"It saw the puck and just blasted it through," Morrisonn said. "Guys got great character in here and we came back. We kept pushing."

Theodore finished with 21 saves and Brent Johnson made three in his limited playing time for Washington.

"I didn't feel like I was playing well," Theodore said. "I didn't feel like I was sharp. I just needed a couple of minutes to regroup."

Lundqvist turned aside 31 shots for New York.








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    FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 0 1 3 1 5
    NY RANGERS 3 1 0 0 4 FINAL IN OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - MARKUS NASLUND 13 (NIKOLAI ZHERDEV, SCOTT GOMEZ) 3:38
    NYR - MICHAL ROZSIVAL 5 (CHRIS DRURY) 11:04
    NYR - RYAN CALLAHAN 10 (CHRIS DRURY, NIGEL DAWES) 11:15
    2ND PRD: NYR

    Dec 23 9:39 PM


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    WASHINGTON 5
    NY RANGERS 4
    OT: WAS - SHAONE MORRISONN 1 (MICHAEL NYLANDER, SEAN COLLINS)
    0:59

    Capitals 5, Rangers 4  End of OTDec 23 9:35 PM


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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 0 1 3 4
    NY RANGERS 3 1 0 4 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - MARKUS NASLUND 13 (NIKOLAI ZHERDEV, SCOTT GOMEZ) 3:38
    NYR - MICHAL ROZSIVAL 5 (CHRIS DRURY) 11:04
    NYR - RYAN CALLAHAN 10 (CHRIS DRURY, NIGEL DAWES) 11:15
    2ND PRD: NYR - RYAN CALLAHAN 11 (NIGEL DAW

    Dec 23 9:26 PM
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    WASHINGTON 4
    NY RANGERS 4
    3RD PRD: WAS - ALEX OVECHKIN 22 (UNASSISTED) 12:38

    Capitals 4, Rangers 4  3rd - 7:22Dec 23 9:15 PM
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    WASHINGTON 3
    NY RANGERS 4
    3RD PRD: WAS - (PP) VIKTOR KOZLOV 8 (NICKLAS BACKSTROM, ALEX OVECHKIN)
    7:04

    Capitals 3, Rangers 4  3rd - 12:56Dec 23 9:04 PM


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    WASHINGTON 2
    NY RANGERS 4
    3RD PRD: WAS - (PP) TOMAS FLEISCHMANN 12 (NICKLAS BACKSTROM, BROOKS
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    Capitals 2, Rangers 4  3rd - 18:19Dec 23 8:54 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 0 1 1
    NY RANGERS 3 1 4 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - MARKUS NASLUND 13 (NIKOLAI ZHERDEV, SCOTT GOMEZ) 3:38
    NYR - MICHAL ROZSIVAL 5 (CHRIS DRURY) 11:04
    NYR - RYAN CALLAHAN 10 (CHRIS DRURY, NIGEL DAWES) 11:15
    2ND PRD: NYR - RYAN CALLAHAN 11 (NIGEL DAWES

    Dec 23 8:35 PM


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    WASHINGTON 1
    NY RANGERS 4
    2ND PRD: WAS - ALEX OVECHKIN 21 (NICKLAS BACKSTROM) 12:35

    Capitals 1, Rangers 4  2nd - 7:25Dec 23 8:21 PM
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    WASHINGTON 0
    NY RANGERS 4
    2ND PRD: NYR - RYAN CALLAHAN 11 (NIGEL DAWES, CHRIS DRURY) 4:48

    Capitals 0, Rangers 4  2nd - 15:12Dec 23 8:05 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    WASHINGTON 0 0
    NY RANGERS 3 3 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NYR - MARKUS NASLUND 13 (NIKOLAI ZHERDEV, SCOTT GOMEZ) 3:38
    NYR - MICHAL ROZSIVAL 5 (CHRIS DRURY) 11:04
    NYR - RYAN CALLAHAN 10 (CHRIS DRURY, NIGEL DAWES) 11:15
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    Dec 23 7:43 PM


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    WASHINGTON 0
    NY RANGERS 3
    1ST PRD: NYR - RYAN CALLAHAN 10 (CHRIS DRURY, NIGEL DAWES) 11:15

    Capitals 0, Rangers 3  1st - 8:45Dec 23 7:28 PM


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    WASHINGTON 0
    NY RANGERS 2
    1ST PRD: NYR - MICHAL ROZSIVAL 5 (CHRIS DRURY) 11:04

    Capitals 0, Rangers 2  1st - 8:56Dec 23 7:27 PM


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    WASHINGTON 0
    NY RANGERS 1
    1ST PRD: NYR - MARKUS NASLUND 13 (NIKOLAI ZHERDEV, SCOTT GOMEZ) 3:38

    Capitals 0, Rangers 1  1st - 16:22Dec 23 7:15 PM
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