WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.