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The Washington Capitals scored four goals in the second...

LANDOVER, Md. -- The Washington Capitals scored four goals in the second period, including two by Bob Carpenter in 42 seconds, to rout the New York Rangers 5-1 Saturday night before a sellout crowd at the Capital Centre.

The win moved Washington one point ahead of the Rangers, into second place in the Patrick Division.

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Carpenter got his 21st goal on the power play at 4:11, to break a 1-1 deadlock. Carpenter forced the Rangers to set up to the left of the net, and then drove straight for the post, sliding the puck behind Glen Hanlon.

Washington charged back immediately. Carpenter collided with Hanlon, knocking the goalie down, before getting the puck on a rebound and scoring from in close, for his 22nd goal.

Washington opened a 4-1 lead on Mike Gartner's 33rd goal with nine minutes left in the period. Hanlon charged out of the net and deflected Gartner's shot from 25 feet, but the puck kept on course, and dribbled into the goal.

The Capitals finished the game scoring at 16:34, when Timo Blomqvist cleared the puck off the glass, and passed to Bengt Gustafsson, who connected on a passing shot for his 31st goal, giving Washington a 5-1 lead.

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The win tonight evens the Capitals' season series against the Rangers at 3-3-1.

The Capitals took a 1-0 lead 15 seconds into a power play on Bryan Erickson's 7th goal at 4:51.

New York tied the score when Blaine Stoughton stole the puck from Scott Stevens, and fired an unobstructed shot past Capitals goalie Pat Riggin. Stoughton's goal, his 25th, came at 8:45.

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