New York
Rangers
27-40-7-8
Washington
Capitals
23-46-10-3
OT
35 SOG
24 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTT
NYR
WSH
game recap

New York Rangers 3, Washington Capitals 2 FINAL OT

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:27 AM

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The New York Rangers took very little from a season-ending victory.

Bobby Holik's power-play goal 1:08 into overtime, his second score of the game, brought an end to yet another frustrating season for the Rangers as New York beat Washington 3-2 Saturday.

``This just means we get to go home, that's about it,'' Holik said. ``A win is not going to make much of a difference in our season. It makes a better trip home, that's all.''

It was just the second win for New York in its final 12 games. However, it gives the Rangers the sixth worst record in the NHL, which is good enough to keep them out of the lottery for a chance at the top pick in the draft.

Holik put the game away with a deflection in front of the net, tipping in a sharp pass from Thomas Pock.

Mike Green also scored for the Rangers (27-40-7-8).

Jeff Halpern scored twice for Washington marking the first time this season he had more than one goal in a game. He has been one of the few bright spots for the otherwise anonymous Capitals, scoring in three straight games and recording 20 points in 19 games.

But even his recent scoring success has done little to change Halpern's opinion of the season.

``It hasn't been a whole lot of fun this year,'' Halpern said. ``When you're losing games, it doesn't make any of the (individual stats) feel any good.''

Both Washington (23-45-10-3) and New York had long since been eliminated from postseason contention, with the Rangers having missed the playoffs every year since 1997.

``I think we've had a great deal of satisfaction in the last month, and if we had 40 more games to go we'd be pretty excited about it. I don't think that I could suggest to you, at least personally, that I'm glad it's over,'' New York coach Tom Renney said. ``I'm a little disappointed that it is, to tell you the truth.''

Washington will close its season in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Halpern put the Capitals ahead at 7:54 of the first period, before Green tied it just under seven minutes later. Both first-period goals came one second after penalties expired.

Holik made sure New York's power play converted at 4:44 of the second period with a slap shot over the shoulder of Olaf Kolzig, who finished with 32 saves.

Halpern was left alone for a shot in front to tie it less than two minutes later.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:54
WSH
Jeff Halpern (18) Slapshot - ASST: Kip Miller (22), Bates Battaglia (6)
1 - 0 WSH
14:48
NYR
Mike Green (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Josh Green (6)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
04:44
NYR
PPG - Bobby Holik (24) Slapshot - ASST: Jozef Balej (4), Karel Rachunek (18)
2 - 1 NYR
06:31
WSH
Jeff Halpern (19) Snap shot - ASST: Matt Pettinger (4), Craig Johnson (8)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
01:08
NYR
PPG - Bobby Holik (25) Tip-in - ASST: Thomas Pock (2), Karel Rachunek (19)
3 - 2 NYR
penalty summary
1st Period
05:53
NYR
Boris Mironov  Tripping against  Jeff Halpern
12:47
WSH
Garret Stroshein  Unsportsmanlike conduct
19:23
WSH
Stephen Peat  Hi-sticking against  Boris Mironov
2nd Period
02:52
WSH
Stephen Peat  Hi-sticking
08:22
WSH
Stephen Peat  Roughing against  Boris Mironov
08:22
NYR
Boris Mironov  Roughing against  Stephen Peat
08:22
NYR
Boris Mironov  Interference
15:00
WSH
Rick Berry  Hooking against  Sandy McCarthy
19:33
NYR
Bobby Holik  Tripping - Obstruction against  Melvin Angelstad
3rd Period
07:23
NYR
Cory Larose  Tripping against  Joel Kwiatkowski
OT Period
00:43
WSH
Brendan Witt  Hooking - Obstruction against  Jan Hlavac
goalie stats
Jamie McLennan
Jamie McLennan
SA: 24TOI: 61:08
Saves: 22EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
Olie Kolzig
Olie Kolzig
SA: 35TOI: 61:08
Saves: 32EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .914SH: 3 - 3