NHL Wrap: Rangers shut out Caps, end skid

NHL Wrap: Rangers shut out Caps, end skid
October 17, 2013, 12:45 am
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The Rangers ended a three-game losing streak after beating the Captials 2-0 on Wednesday. (AP)

The Flyers spent a significant amount of time Wednesday practicing defending against the kinds of plays that led to Vancouver's tying goal in Tuesday's loss (see story).

Also, meltdowns late in games have plauged the Flyers in the early going (see story).

Now, here's a recap of Wednesday's NHL action:

Rangers shut out Capitals
WASHINGTON -- Henrik Lundqvist earned his 46th NHL shutout, Brad Richards assisted on two New York goals less than two minutes apart in the second period, and the Rangers beat familiar postseason foe Washington 2-0 on Wednesday night to end a three-game losing streak.

Richards helped set up goals by Ryan Callahan and John Moore, and Lundqvist made the limited offense hold up in a 22-save performance against the Capitals. It was his first shutout during what has been a poor start to the season. By game's end, some Rangers fans were chanting his name.

The Rangers won for only the second time in six games under first-year coach Alain Vigneault. Their season-opening road swing still has three more stops.

Unable to generate much offense, even with their formidable power play, three-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals fell to 2-5 (see full recap).

Ducks hang on to top Flames
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Teemu Selanne scored the first goal of his 22nd NHL season, and the Anaheim Ducks extended the best start in franchise history with their fifth straight victory, 3-2 over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.

Dustin Penner and Kyle Palmieri scored first-period goals, and Viktor Fasth made 33 saves for the defending Pacific Division champions, who have won five of their first six games for the first time in the club's two-decade history.

Selanne's 676th career goal late in the second period ended up providing the winning margin for the Ducks, who have won 17 consecutive home games against Calgary since Jan. 19, 2004.

Lee Stempniak scored a short-handed goal and Jiri Hudler got credit for a deflected goal early in the third period for Calgary (see full recap).