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Mar 29, 5:40 PM EDT

Ovechkin, Chimera score 2 each in Caps' win over Rangers


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NEW YORK (AP) -- Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Jason Chimera added two goals in the third period to rally the Washington Capitals to a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Ovechkin had a goal in each of the first two periods, and Chimera broke a 2-2 tie 4:41 into the third with his first in 21 games. He made it 4-2 with 12:20 remaining, and Marcus Johansson added an empty-netter with 2:23 left. Braden Holtby made 23 saves.

Washington, which has won four of six, rebounded from Saturday's home loss to Nashville and beat the Rangers for the first time in three games this season. The teams will finish the season against each other.

Kevin Hayes and Derick Brassard scored first-period goals for the Rangers, who lost for the second straight day and have dropped three of four. Cam Talbot was back in goal, one day after Henrik Lundqvist returned from a neck injury at Boston, and stopped 26 shots.

The Rangers allowed at least four goals in each of their past three losses after going 10 straight games without giving up more than two.

Chimera, who has seven goals but hadn't netted any since Feb. 6, jammed a puck under Talbot. He added his second of the game from in-close.

Ovechkin had gotten the Capitals even at 2 with 8:43 left in the second at the tail end of a power play. Ovechkin wound up for a slap shot from above the left circle that got through traffic and beat Talbot for his NHL-leading 49th.

After being frustrated by Holtby throughout the first, the Rangers grabbed a 2-1 lead with goals by Hayes and Brassard 1:01 apart in the final two minutes of the period.

Hayes was the beneficiary of a turnover by Capitals defenseman John Carlson, who flubbed the puck in the high slot. Hayes took it and came in alone on Holtby, shifting from forehand to backhand and sliding the puck in with 1:50 remaining for the 15th goal of his rookie season.

The Rangers weren't done as Brassard and Mats Zuccarello completed a give-and-go during a 4-on-3 rush, Zuccarello made a quick, short pass inside the left circle to Brassard, who ripped a drive past Holtby with 49 seconds left. It was Brassard's 16th goal.

Ovechkin had given the Capitals a 1-0 lead 4:32 in when he went around Jesper Fast at the left-wing boards, cut into the middle past defenseman Dan Girardi, and fired a slap shot by Talbot.

Holtby had kept the Rangers at bay with several stellar saves, including a lunging stop with his stick against Hayes.

Talbot shook off the early goal by Ovechkin and was solid the rest of the period. He was bailed out by defenseman Dan Boyle, who dived into the crease at the left post to deny a stuff attempt by Ovechkin with his arm.

NOTES: Ovechkin is one goal away from his sixth 50-goal NHL season. ... Rangers D Matt Hunwick (upper body injury) sat out and was replaced by Chris Summers, who was recalled from Hartford of the AHL on an emergency basis. ... New York LW Tanner Glass was fined $3,897.85 for butt-ending Boston D Adam McQuaid at the end of Saturday's game. ... Injured Rangers RW Martin St. Louis skated Sunday and is getting closer to returning from a leg injury. ... New York received its first power play just 28 seconds in when Ovechkin was sent off for high-sticking. The Rangers had no advantages in their previous two games for the first time since the 1987-88 season.

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