For the record, Alex Ovechkins first home goal of the 2011-12 season came at 6:08 p.m. on the night of Nov. 25.
Given the circumstances, it was a rather subdued celebration for the Capitals captain, who in seven seasons has never waited 11 games to score his first goal at the Verizon Center.
With the Capitals trailing 5-2 with just under 6 minutes gone in the third period, Ovechkin crossed the blue line and snapped a wrist shot over the glove hand of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist for his eighth goal of the season.
I made the shot right away and it went in, Ovechkin said. Thats good, but its not good enough.
Strange as this may seem, the Capitals are now 3-3-0 in games Ovechkin scores and 9-5-1 in games he does not.
Ovechkin was a physical force again on Friday, delivering a team-high eight hits, In fact, his big hit on Marian Gaborik set up a goal by linemate Troy Brouwer midway through the second period, igniting a comeback from a 3-0 deficit.
Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi was so angered by Ovechkins hit that he left his defensive coverage to challenge Ovechkin, allowing Brouwer to tap in a John Carlson rebound.
Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said hes been pleased with his captains physical play lately.
If one thing isn't going for you the one thing you can do is get physical and usually good things happen, Boudreau said. Hes the captain and a lot of times we follow his lead. As hes going, so go the Caps.
Boudreau called Ovechkins goal a bright spot in a not necessarily bright game.
Defenseman John Erskine sat out his third straight game with a bruised shoulder. ... Defenseman John Carlson and right wing Troy Brouwer each picked up a goal and an assist. ... Center Nicklas Backstrom extended his point streak to three games with his 10th multi-point game of the season.