The New York Rangers got two goals from Rick Nash on Sunday and were able to roll to a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals. For the Capitals, it marked the fifth consecutive time they have lost, as well as the fourth time in those five games that they have only managed to score one goal in a game. Two of those goals have come from star forward Alex Ovechkin, and while his goal against the Rangers was his league-leading 35th of the season, it was the lone bright spot for a Capitals team that has a lot of work to do as they head into another tough road trip.
Ovechkin has five goals and eight points in nine January games, and if the Capitals hope to turn things around soon the list of players that need to start helping him out is quite long. Of the five forwards on Washington’s roster who have 25 points or more for the season, only Ovechkin has found the back of the net in the last five games. Joel Ward, Marcus Johansson, Mikhail Grabovski and Nicklas Backstrom have combined for five assists during the losing streak but have no goals over that span. There’s no arguing that Ovechkin is one of the most talented players to lace up skates, but he can’t carry this team on his own.
Things don’t get any easier for the Capitals in the near future, either, as they host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday before heading out on a five-game road trip that will see them meet the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings.