Varlamov, Caps Roll over Rangers

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Varlamov, Caps Roll over Rangers
NEW YORK -- Down two games to zero, the Washington Capitals were in need of a win to keep themselves alive in the series.

Alex Ovechkin getting tossed from being a spectator to New York's Monday practice did not stop the men in the white sweaters from ending the losing skid.

Alexander Semin made sure the Caps would at least make it back to Washington for a fifth game, as the Capitals defeated the New York Rangers 4-0 at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.

Semin scored two first-period goals to set the tone, and fluster Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist, who stopped 67 of 70 shots in games one and two, gave up four, stopping 36 of 40 shots the Caps took.

Simeon Varlamov, making his second-straight start, was flawless. The 20-year old made 33 saves, to blank to the Rangers who came up empty on the evening. He has only given up one goal in his two starts in the post-season.

Mr. Avery had a rough go, as he served 18 penalty minutes, before leaving the ice after receiving a 10-minute misconduct penalty late in the third. It seemed the stripes had it out for Avery, and after he threw a punch at Varlamov, it was off to the showers for him.

Game four between New York and Washington is slated for 7 p.m. on Wednesday night at the Garden.


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