Capitals 2, Rangers 2
Jan. 27, 1998
NEW YORK (AP) _ Andrew Brunette's goal midway through the third period pulled the Washington Capitals into a 2-2 tie with the New York Rangers on Monday night.
It was the 14th tie of the season for the Rangers, who are on track along with the Colorado Avalanche to break the NHL's all-time team record of 24 ties in a season, set by the 1969-70 Philadelphia Flyers. The Avalanche already have 16 ties.
The tie extended Washington's undefeated streak to five games (3-0-2).
Brunette scored his 10th goal on the rebound of a shot by Sergei Gonchar at 10:21 of the third period, beating Rangers goaltender Mike Richter from point-blank range.
Adam Graves scored both goals for New York. Graves redirected a point shot from Jeff Finley past Washington goaltender Olaf Kolzig for his 15th goal at 1:25 of the third period. Graves had given New York a 1-0 lead at 1:11 of the second when he stuffed a rebound past Kolzig.
Peter Bondra made it 1-1 at 9:55 of the second when he converted Brunette's pass from behind the net for his 32nd.
The Rangers were without captain Brian Leetch, who was sidelined with a compressed nerve in his right leg.
Before the game the Rangers announced that forward Alexei Kovalev will have arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday to repair a potential cartilage tear in his right knee. Kovalev is expected to be sidelined for three weeks, keeping him from playing in the Olympics.