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Williams has hat trick; Capitals bounce back, beat Rangers

18 January 2016 Sports


UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Capitals continue to pad their lead in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division.

Justin Williams completed his second career hat trick and first since October 2006 by scoring twice in the third period of the Caps’ sixth victory in seven games, 5-2 over the New York Rangers. The game was tied 1-1 until Marcus Johansson and Williams scored during a 62-second span of the second period.

Capitals netminder Braden Holtby had to leave the game late in the middle period because of dehydration. Backup Philipp Grubauer blanked the Rangers over the final 22 minutes to secure the Capitals’ league-leading 34th win in 45 games.

Washington now leads its division by a whopping 17 points over the New York Islanders. The Rangers are 18 points behind the Capitals after absorbing the 16th loss in their last 24 games.