In a nationally televised game, the Washington Capitals sized up an opportunity to measure themselves against the top team in the Eastern Conference. But despite spurts of strong play throughout the contest, Washington failed to finish on a few too many offensive chances and made a few too many mistakes to surpass the New York Rangers.

Washington fell, 3-2, to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday and is 3-4-3 in its past 10 games. The loss leaves the Capitals (61 points) in ninth place in the East for at least one more day and drops them four points behind first-place Florida in the Southeast Division.