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Washington vs New York Recap - Capitals Win 5-3

Brooks Laich was the difference, potting a pair for Washington on Tuesday as the Capitals skated off with a 5-3 victory over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

The Capitals were a -144 favorite in the win. The combined score went OVER the total, which closed at 5.5.

Washington got goals from Brooks Laich (2), Mike Knuble, John Erskine, and Matt Hendricks in the victory. Laich opened the scoring at 8:52 of the first period.

Michal Neuvirth turned in a 25-save effort for the Capitals.

Brian Boyle (2) and Derek Boogaard scored for the Rangers, finding the net behind Michal Neuvirth.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 19 of 23 shots for the Rangers, but it wasn't enough to earn the victory.

On the power play, Washington went 1-for-4, while the Rangers were 1-for-4 with the man advantage.

New York outshot Washington 28-24 in the game.

Washington looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against the Lightning. The Rangers will aim to get back on the winning track vs Buffalo.