- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 25, 2011

WASHINGTON | The New York Rangers were being blanked by a rookie goaltender when Marian Gaborik put the puck in the net — and didn’t even know it.

Then, once the game reached overtime, the result was seemingly inevitable.

Artem Anisimov scored the decisive goal in a shootout, backup goalie Martin Biron had 22 saves, and the Rangers rallied to defeat the Washington Capitals 2-1 Monday night.

Each team tallied twice in the shootout before Anisimov ended the duel by beating Braden Holtby, who was making his seventh career start.

The last time the teams met, on Dec. 12 in New York, the Rangers rolled to a 7-0 win. In this one, the Capitals cranked up the defense and took a 1-0 lead in the second period on a goal by Matt Hendricks.

Gaborik tied it for the injury-riddled Rangers with 6:41 left in regulation. Gaborik was in front of the net when Brian Boyle took a shot, and the rebound bounced off Gaborik and past Holtby.

“I felt it hit me and then I turned away and saw the guys celebrating,” Gaborik said. “I didn’t have any idea. I guess it was one of the lucky ones.”

That’s how the Capitals felt, too.

“It was a lucky bounce, a fluke goal on their part,” Hendricks said.

And, it ended Holtby’s bid for his first NHL shutout.

“The only goal that beat him was a goal that even the Rangers didn’t know they scored,” Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said.

New York improved to 8-3 in games that extend beyond regulation. Washington lost its seventh consecutive overtime game and ninth in the last 10 despite outshooting the Rangers 6-1 in the extra five minutes.

“We haven’t lost the overtime games because of lack of offense; it’s because of poor defense,” Boudreau said. “We talked about how we have to play in the overtime and we talked about it again on the bench. I thought we did a real good job of it.”

Biron made several sensational saves in overtime, including one on a blast by Alex Ovechkin, who was held without a point.

“Tonight I thought he had two really good chances to score,” Boudreau said. “Sometimes you get them. Some years they’re all going in, and some years they’re not going in. He’s fighting for every goal he can get this year.”

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