Raanta's 32 Saves Help Rangers Beat Capitals - NBC New York

Raanta's 32 Saves Help Rangers Beat Capitals



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    Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle blocks a shot fired by Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov in the first period. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Antti Raanta made 32 saves while subbing for the injured Henrik Lundqvist and Derek Stepan scored as the New York Rangers bounced back from a loss in Pittsburgh to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 Friday night.

    Raanta was pressed into starting duty after Lundqvist was ruled out because of neck spasms. He was stellar against the NHL's top team, helping the Rangers extend their streak of not losing consecutive games that dates to mid-December.

    Jesper Fast and Keith Yandle also scored for the Rangers against Braden Holtby, who made 20 saves. Jay Beagle and T.J. Oshie had the Capitals' goals in the first game between the teams since New York acquired Eric Staal at the trade deadline. 

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