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Nash made the most of that and squeezed a shot from the right circle through Grubauer for his team-leading 14th goal at 16:06.

Stepan pushed the lead to three just 2 seconds after Alzner’s penalty expired. After breaking a 13-game goal drought Saturday, Stepan netted his second in two days when he snapped in a wrist shot from above the circles.

That ended Grubauer’s short night as he was replaced by Braden Holtby. Grubauer was pulled in the first period for the second straight game. He yielded three goals on 14 shots Friday in a loss to Columbus.

“It’s not the way I wanted it to go,” Grubauer said. “It’s my job to stop the puck, and I didn’t stop it today.”

Washington produced a brief spark when slashing calls against Chris Kreider, in the final minute of the first, and Carl Hagelin in the opening minute of the second, gave the Capitals a two-man advantage and generated a goal.

Ovechkin took a pass from Mike Green in the left circle and one-timed a hard shot that beat Lundqvist at 59 seconds for his NHL-leading 35th goal and fourth in six games. Washington put more pressure on during the second half of the power play, but the Rangers netted the next goal.

Dominic Moore and Callahan raced out on a short-handed 2-on-1 rush, and Moore fired a shot that Holtby deflected back into the slot. The hard-charging Callahan beat Orlov to the puck and slammed a shot in before barreling into the net.

“You’re not going out on the PK and thinking, ‘I want to score a goal by any means,’” Callahan said. “I feel like with the guys we have killing, and the speed we have on our killers, if the opportunity presents itself, we are going to go for it.”

Green had a goal waved off by a Capitals penalty in the second.

NOTES: Rangers D Ryan McDonagh had two assists. … The Capitals had failed on 14 straight power plays over six games before Ovechkin’s goal. … Erat was called for three penalties, including one for slashing when he jammed his stick between the legs of a seated Brian Boyle.