WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 25: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals skates to a loose puck after a save by Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Rangers at Capital One Arena on February 25, 2023 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by John McCreary/NHLI via Getty Images)

The slumping New York Rangers had no answers and no way to stop the Washington Capitals, who stormed to a 6-3 victory Saturday afternoon at Capital One Arena in downtown Washington. The loss is the fourth consecutive defeat for the Blue Shirts, who fall farther behind the Devils and Hurricanes atop the Metro Division.

Igor Shesterkin’s struggles in the net for the Rangers only got worse Saturday as the All-Star surrendered five goals, and was pulled after the second period. It was the most goals Shesterkin has given up in a game since giving up six goals to the Penguins in Game 5 of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs last Spring.

With the game tied at one, the Captials went scored four consecutive goals in the second period, with T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson, Sonny Milano, and Evgeny Kuznestov all putting the puck in the back of the net.

Kuznestov would score the final goal of the day for Washington midway through the second period.

Chris Kreider and Kaapo Kakko both scored for New York in the third period to bring New York back into the mix.