Capitals beat Rangers, 4-2

November 18, 2009|By Sports Digest

Matt Bradley bounced back from having his face bloodied in a first-period fight to net the winning goal with 4:51 left, and Alex Ovechkin also scored in his return from injury to lift the visiting Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers Tuesday night. Bradley went to the dressing room with 9:21 left in the opening period after taking several hard blows to the face from New York's Aaron Voros. Those injuries didn't bother him a bit when he knocked the puck away from Wade Redden and raced up ice on a break. Matt Gilroy couldn't catch him from behind, and Bradley beat goalie Henrik Lundqvist with a rising shot to the glove side for his fourth of the season. Ovechkin missed six games because of an upper body injury, believed to be a strained left shoulder, but came back with a flourish. He netted his NHL-leading 15th goal, in only 15 games, while New York's Sean Avery sat in the penalty box. That erased the Rangers' 1-0 advantage in the first period.


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