Ovechkin scores 2 in final 7 minutes, Capitals beat Rangers
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his first goal of an NHL hockey game during the third period against New York Rangers defensemen Ryan Lindgren (55) and Adam Fox (23), Friday, March 19, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON – Alex Ovechkin scored twice in the final seven minutes to continue his goal streak and rally the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 victory against the New York Rangers on Friday night for their seventh win in a row. Ovechkin tied it on a rebound with 6:42 left and put the Capitals ahead on a nearly identical play with 3:33 remaining. He has scored in five consecutive games and has seven goals in the past seven. I can’t be missing seven games.
Artemi Panarin rejoins Rangers after 2-week leave of absence
FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2021, file photo, New York Rangers' Artemi Panarin plays during an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers in Philadelphia. Panarin has rejoined the Rangers after taking a two-week leave of absence. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)Artemi Panarin rejoined the New York Rangers for practice in Boston on Wednesday after taking a two-week leave of absence. Coach David Quinn said Panarin won't play Thursday night against the Bruins and his timeline for getting back to game action is unclear. “He’s here and just getting ready to play,” Quinn.