Gaborik's 2 Goals No Match For Washington: Ovechkin Nets 1 in Win

K. Jared WrightContributor INovember 17, 2009

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 17: Aaron Voros #34 of the New York Rangers and Matt Bradley #10 of the Washington Capitals fight during first period action at Madison Square Garden on November 17, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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On a night which marked Alex Ovechkin's return to action after a 6 game layoff due to a shoulder injury, the New York Rangers looked to spoil his return back to the ice.

It was not to be.

After Marian Gaborik scored earlier in the first period via Dan Girardi and Marc Staal, Ovechkin did not look like he missed a beat at all as he drove the puck into the net during a Sean Avery induced power play 15:06 into the game.

Gaborik's two goals aside, it appeared that the only other highlight for the Rangers this game was the complete beating that LW Aaron Voros gave to Capitals RW Matt Bradley in the first period. Bradley had his face and uniform (see picture) bloodied in the fight and had to be taken to the locker room.  Bradley would get the last laugh, however as he netted a beautiful goal on a breakaway after getting the puck away from Rangers D Wade Redden.

With their starting goaltender, Jose Theodore scratched for the evening, the Capitals relied on backup goalie Semyon Varlamov.  Varlamov did not disappoint as he came into the game stopping 18 out of 20 shots.  According to Yahoo! Sports, these 20 shots were a season low for the Rangers.

Since a strong start in their first eight games of the season, with a nearly flawless record of 7-1-0, the Rangers have fallen to 4-8-1 in their last 13 games.