WASHINGTON — Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist, and Eric Fehr scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:09 left to lift the Washington Capitals over the New York Rangers 3-2 Friday night.
Moments after New York defenseman Dan Girardi’s drive hit the post, Fehr took a pass from Backstrom during a 4-on-4 play, skated in, and beat goalie Cam Talbot from the right circle for his sixth goal.
Mike Green added a goal, and Philipp Grubauer had 37 saves for Washington, which had dropped two straight before taking the finale of a three-game homestand.
Benoit Pouliot and Carl Hagelin scored for New York, which had won two straight. It was the Rangers’ first game after a nine-game homestand.
Talbot, making his third straight start in place of No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist, stopped 31 shots in the opener of a five-game road trip.
Hagelin tied the game with a short-handed goal 17 seconds into the third period. He took a feed from Ryan McDonagh, skated in alone on Grubauer, and beat scored with a backhanded shot.
Talbot came in with an 8-2 record and a 1.60 goals against average in 12 games. He won the final two games of the homestand.
Lundqvist, a three-time All-Star, signed a seven-year, $59.5 million contract extension on Dec. 4 to become the highest paid NHL goalie.
Since then, he is 2-4-2 with a 3.41 goals-against average in eight games. Lundqvist lost his most recent appearance 5-3 to the New York Islanders last Friday, giving up four goals on 19 shots.
The Rangers outshot Washington 14-7 in the opening period and had two power plays to one for the Capitals, but trailed 1-0.
With Rick Nash off for tripping, Martin Erat sent a pass to Green at the point for a one-timed shot that got past Talbot on the glove side at 6:55 for his third goal.
The Rangers tied it on a power play when Pouliot deflected Brad Richards’ shot from the point past Grubauer at 1:37 of the second period. It was Pouliot’s sixth goal of the season and third in four games.
The Capitals appeared to retake the lead midway through the second, but a replay review showed that Eric Fehr’s shot bounced off the post, went behind Talbot, but didn’t cross the goal line.
After a flurry of saves by Grubauer late in the period, the Capitals went ahead 2-1 when Steve Olesky pushed a loose puck ahead to Backstrom. Talbot could only get a piece of the shot from the right circle that produced Backstrom’s 10th goal with 1:05 left in the period.
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