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Rangers defeat Capitals 4-3 in New York for 2-0 series lead
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The team from the Big Apple won the 1st 2 games of the series.

Vincent Trocheck and Mika Zibanejad each notched and assisted, and the Presidents’ Trophy-winning NY Rangers held on to defeat the Washington Capitals 4-3 at Madison Square Garden for a 2-0 lead in their 1st-round postseason matchup.

Jack Roslovic and K’Andre Miller also notched for New York, and Erik Gustafsson and Alexis Lafreniere each provided 2 assists. Igor Shesterkin made 22 saves.

Rangers, looking for its 1st Stanley Cup trophy in 30 seasons, has triumphed in 4 consecutive and 12 of its last 15 matches. New York, 3rd on the power play during the campaign, was 2 for 6 with the advantage and notched a short-handed goal.

Tom Wilson scored and assisted, and Connor McMichael and Dylan Strome also notched for Washington, who had won 4 of 5 to close the campaign and secure the 2nd wild card in the East. Goalie Charlie Lindgren stopped 23 shots.

Game 3 of the best-of-7 matchup is Friday at the USA capital.