WASHINGTON (AP) — Kevin Hayes and Dominic Moore each had a goal and an assist, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 22 shots and the New York Rangers capped their stellar regular season with a 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday afternoon.
The Rangers (53-22-7), winners of the Presidents’ Trophy as the league’s top team in the regular season, set franchise records for wins and points (113) in a season.
Derick Brassard and Jesper Fast (empty netter) added goals for New York, and Martin St. Louis had two assists.
The Rangers won’t learn their first-round playoff opponent until the completion of Saturday’s games.
Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 53rd goal for Washington and Stanislav Galiev scored the first of his career.
The Capitals will return to the playoffs under first-year coach Barry Trotz after a one-year absence.
Ovechkin set a Capitals record with his 25th power-play score.
Washington (45-26-11, 101 points) had a chance to clinch second place in the Metropolitan Division and home ice for its first-round series against the Islanders (100 points), but will await the result of the Islanders game against the Blue Jackets.
Braden Holtby, extending his team record with his 25th consecutive start, made 30 saves for Washington. He was playing in his 73rd game of the season, tying Olaf Kolzig for the team record.
New York opened the scoring at 12:36 of the first when Ryan McDonagh’s shot hit Hayes, and Hayes backhanded the loose puck out of mid-air past Holtby for his 17th goal.
Brassard made it 2-0 at 15:50 with a hard shot from the point on a power play.
It was his career-high 19th goal of the season and the 100th of his career.
After Moore’s backhand made it 3-0 early in the second, Ovechkin pulled Washington within two when his one-timer from his power-play home in the left circle beat Lundqvist at 6:31.
Nicklas Backstrom had an assist, pulling into the league lead and hitting the 60-assist mark for the second straight season.
NOTES: The Rangers took the season series 3-1. … St. Louis has earned at least a point in each of his past 11 games against the Capitals. … The previous NHL player to score 25 power-play goals in a season was Teemu Selanne of Anaheim in 2006-07. … Washington was again without forwards Eric Fehr (upper body injury), Jay Beagle (upper body) and Tom Wilson (head). … Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (undisclosed), and forwards Rick Nash (undisclosed) and Ryan Bourque did not dress.
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