Penalties spur Rangers' 4-1 victory over Caps
APWASHINGTON -- About two hours before the opening face-off on Sunday, Alex Ovechkin asked for more respect from the refs.
March 12, 2013, 12:19 am TWN
His day went downhill from there.
The two-time league Most Valuable Player was directly responsible for three of the New York Rangers' goals, including a pair after a rare sequence in which he was cited for two penalties within seconds of each other without a stoppage in play.
Derek Stepan, Brian Boyle and Ryan Callahan took advantage of Ovechkin's miscues Sunday to lead the Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals, New York's fifth win in six games.
Steve Oleksy scored his first NHL goal for the Capitals, who endured a rough weekend against teams named New York. Washington lost 5-2 on the road against the Islanders on Saturday, a game in which Mike Ribeiro and Jeff Schultz each took double-minors in a span of less than four minutes in the third period, leading to two Islanders goals.
One of Ribeiro's minors was for unsportsmanlike conduct, and Ovechkin said before Sunday's game that “some refs don't like some personalities on our team” and are too quick to call a penalty when they hear a complaint.
In other matches, the Edmonton Oilers ended a five-game losing streak by edging the Blackhawks 6-5; the Blue Jackets and Devils had shoot-out wins over the Red Wings and Jets respectively; the Avalanche beat the Sharks 3-2 in overtime; Sidney Crosby equaled a career high with five assists in the Penguins' 6-1 win over the Islanders; the Canadiens beat the Panthers 5-2; the Flyers edged the Sabres 3-2; the Ducks had a 4-2 win over the Blues; and the Wild beat the Canucks 4-2.
At Chicago, Sam Gagner scored two of Edmonton's four goals in the first period as the Blackhawks slumped to their second consecutive loss after their record-breaking start.
Chicago set an NHL record by recording at least one point in the first 24 games of the season. The streak ended with a 6-2 loss at Colorado on Friday night.
At Detroit, Ryan Johansen and Matt Calvert scored in the shootout as Columbus beat Detroit to complete a series sweep. Derick Brassard and R.J. Umberger had goals in regulation, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 20 saves through overtime for Columbus, which has won five straight.