New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist earned his 46th NHL shutout to help his team to a 2-0 win over Washington on Wednesday, ending a run of three games without a win.
Brad Richards helped set up goals by Ryan Callahan and John Moore, and Lundqvist made 22 saves.
The Capitals were unable to produce much of a scoring threat, even with their formidable power play and three-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin, and fell to 2-5.
The Capitals have not scored a goal against Lundqvist since Game 5 of last season’s Eastern Conference quarter-finals, which the Rangers won in seven games.
Since then, Lundqvist has shut out New York for nine consecutive periods, stopping 86 straight shots.
Ovechkin, who leads the Caps with six goals, recorded a team-high seven shots, but continued to be frustrated by Lundqvist, who held him to one goal on 30 shots during last year’s playoff series.
In the day’s other game, Anaheim beat Calgary 3-2 to extend their best-ever start to a season.
Finn Teemu Selanne scored the first goal of his 22nd NHL season, while Dustin Penner and Kyle Palmieri scored first-period goals for the Ducks, who have won five of their first six games for the first time in the club’s two-decade history.
The Ducks have won 26 of their past 27 home games against Calgary.
The Flames have not won in Anaheim since Jan. 19, 2004, the longest drought for any Ducks opponent.
Lee Stempniak scored a short-handed goal and Jiri Hudler got credit for a deflected goal early in the third period for the Flames, who lost in regulation for the first time this season.
Anaheim goalie Victor Fasth recorded 33 saves, while Calgary goaltender Joey MacDonald finished with 19 stops.