Goalie Cam Talbot and the New York Rangers moved atop the Metropolitan Division by beating the Capitals, 3-1, Wednesday night in Washington while overcoming Alex Ovechkin's league-leading 45th goal.
Martin St. Louis, Carl Hagelin, and J.T. Miller each scored a goal for the Rangers.
Talbot made 28 saves, including one particularly spectacular glove grab of a close-in shot from Nicklas Backstrom during a scoreless five-on-three chance for the Capitals that lasted 78 seconds.
Talbot snatched the puck right at the goal line. The play was reviewed and the original ruling of no-goal stood.
A night after a 2-1 victory at the New York Islanders, the Rangers moved a point ahead of their rivals with exactly a month left in the regular season.
- Associated Press