D Michael Del Zotto played a team-high 26:24 with two blocked shots, including 1:33 on the penalty kill.

But with D Ryan McDonagh briefly unavailable because of an issue with his skate, Del Zotto was used to successfully kill off the Capitals’ two-man advantage. Brian Boyle held Eric Fehr at 2:40 of the second period and D Dan Girardi, another of the Rangers’ key penalty killers, shot the puck over the glass for a delay of game at 2:58. The Capitals managed just one shot skating 5-on-3.

"I don’t think he’s ever killed one," coach John Tortorella said. "He was all over the map, but he got it done. He was our best player tonight."

Line switch

Late in the second period, Tortorella flip-flopped Marian Gaborik and Chris Kreider, putting the rookie on the top line with Brad Richards and Rick Nash while Gaborik went to Boyle’s third line with Taylor Pyatt. Tortorella said Richards and Nash needed a player to track down pucks.

Kreider had two shots in 14:52 while Gaborik took five shots in 19:54.

Miller out

Rookie RW J.T. Miller (left wrist) missed his first game since being recalled from Connecticut (AHL) on Feb. 5.

Miller hurt himself in Thursday’s 3-1 loss to the Panthers.