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WASHINGTON — The Washington Capitals are getting hot at just the right time.
The Capitals won their fourth straight game and increased their lead in the Metropolitan Division with a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday.
The same teams will complete the home-and-home set Wednesday night at Capital One Arena.
Washington (45-24-7) swept its three-game road trip Kendall Wright Jersey , has won eight of nine, and leads second-place Pittsburgh by five points.
“I couldn’t tell you who is in second, third, fourth,” Capitals forward T.J. Oshie told NHL.com. “I know we’re at the top in our division and we have to still keep going, keep getting points.”
On Monday, the Capitals jumped out to a 4-0 lead on first-period goals from Oshie, Matt Niskanen, Alex Ovechkin — his 45th — and Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Ovechkin’s goal chased Rangers starter Alexander Georgiev. Ondrej Pavelec came on and allowed only Kuznetsov’s 24th of the season, stopping 26-of-27 shots in his first game action since Feb. 9.
The Rangers rallied behind Lias Andersson’s first NHL goal and Mats Zuccarello’s 16th of the season, but Philipp Grubauer (28 saves) let them get no closer.
“We were able to win the second and third period Christian Okoye Jersey , but you can’t play a first period like that and expect to come away with two points against a good team like that,” Rangers forward Chris Kreider told NHL.com. “It’s a good learning experience for us,”
Grubauer has fashioned a 1.88 goals-against average over his past 25 starts.
“The guys in here, you could tell we weren’t all that pumped up,” Oshie told NHL.com. “We realize we won a period and that’s about it. (Grubauer) won the rest for us.”
Braden Holtby served as Grubauer’s back-up Monday after being scratched the previous two games with a lower-body injury and is slated to start Wednesday night’s game.
On Tuesday, coach Barry Trotz told the Washington Post that Grubauer suffered “a little tweak” against the New York Rangers on Monday night, and the team recalled goaltender Pheonix Copley.
“Our goaltending situation is really up in the air right now because we’ve got little nicks,” Trotz said.
The Rangers (33-35-8), en route to missing the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons, saw production from two players they hope will help them contend for years to come.
Anderson, 19 Tony Gonzalez Jersey , the seventh overall pick in the most recent draft, was making his NHL debut, and 18-year old Filip Chytil, chosen 21st, picked up an assist. Both players were called up Sunday from Hartford.
“Both kids had a good game, for an emotional day and an emotional game for them,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault told the New York Post. “I thought they played well.”
Goalie Henrik Lundqvist (upper body) did not dress for his third straight game since being injured March 19. He returned to practice Tuesday and is slated to start Wednesday night.
“We have six games, you want to get out there and see some action,” Lundqvist told reporters after practice. “Try to finish strong here. That’s all we can do.”
In his career, Lundqvist is 21-12-4 against Washington with a 2.65 GAA, a .908 save percentage and four shutouts. Holtby is 9-9-1 with a 2.44 GAA Lawrence Taylor Jersey , .918 save percentage and one shutout versus the Rangers.
Ovechkin, with six games remaining to get the five tallies he needs for a 50-goal season, has 30 goals and 18 assists in 51 games against the Rangers.
Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda is expected to face fellow countryman Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels for the first time in their major league careers Friday night in the series opener at Angel Stadium.
The Dodgers (47-39) have won four in a row to climb eight games over .500 for the first time this season. They moved two percentage points ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks (48-40) for first place in the National League West after Arizona lost its series opener at the San Diego Padres 6-3 on Thursday night.
The Angels (44-44) completed a 10-game road trip with a 4-1 loss against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night, dropping 12 games behind the Mariners for the second wild card from the American League. They’ll try to avoid falling below .500 for the first time since losing their season opener.
Ohtani, who turned 24 on Thursday, is in his first major league season after playing for the Nippon Ham Fighters the previous five years. He began this season as a right-handed pitcher and designated hitter and was having success as a two-way player until he was placed on the disabled list June 8 with a grade 2 sprain of his right ulnar collateral ligament.
He received stem-cell therapy and a platelet-rich-plasma injection to help heal the ligament without surgery, and was activated Tuesday before the Angels opened the three-game series against the Mariners.
Maeda, 30, pitched in Japan for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp from 2008-15 and faced Ohtani a few times, but told the Southern California News Group earlier this week that he considers this a new challenge.
“The image I had about him as a hitter has changed, so my approach to the way I pitch to him will change Kalen Ballage Jersey ,” Maeda said through an interpreter. “I’m just going to approach it as if I’m facing a new hitter.”
Maeda (5-5, 3.36) has pitched well since mid-May, when he didn’t allow a run in back-to-back starts against the Miami Marlins and Colorado Rockies.
His past two outings have been nearly as good.
Maeda blanked the Chicago Cubs for seven innings in a 2-1 victory June 25, and then allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits over seven innings in a 3-1 loss to the Rockies on Saturday.
Maeda has made two career starts against the Angels and is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA. He threw seven shutout innings in his last appearance against Los Angeles on June 27, 2017 and the Dodgers won 4-0 at Dodger Stadium.
The starting lineup the Angels used against Seattle right-hander Mike Leake on Wednesday is a combined 3-for-25 off Maeda. Angels catcher Martin Maldonado is hitless in eight at-bats against Maeda, which may open the door for rookie Jose Briceno to get his first start since Sunday.
Angels rookie right-hander Jaime Barria was originally scheduled to start the series opener against the Dodgers, but was moved up to Thursday after left-hander Tyler Skaggs went on the 10-day disabled list with a right adductor strain, becoming the 10th starter for the Angels to go on the DL this season.
Felix Pena (1-0, 3.71 ERA) will make the start for the Angels and try to continue his transition from relief pitcher to starter.
He has made two career appearances against the Dodgers, both out of the bullpen covering three scoreless innings overall.
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