NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers moved into sole possession of second place in the Metropolitan Division after knocking off the Washington Capitals 4-1 on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.
New York (27-21-3) now has 57 points and is two ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers in the division.
The Rangers received two goals from left winger Rick Nash to go 16-10-0 at home and 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.
Washington (22-19-8) is 0-3-2 in its last five outings. The Capitals have been outscored 13-5 in those three losses.
The Rangers used a three-goal first-period barrage, two from Nash and one from center Derek Stepan, to silence the Capitals.
Alex Ovechkin's league-leading 35th goal cut the Rangers' lead to 3-1 just 59 seconds into the second period. The right winger fired a one-timer off a pass from defenseman Mike Green for his league-best 13th power play goal.
However, Rangers captain Ryan Callahan got the New York lead back to three on a short-handed goal, just 1:24 after Ovechkin's. The right winger fired in a rebound from center Dominic Moore for his ninth goal at 2:25. It was just the second goal in 10 games for Callahan since coming back from a sprained MCL and the Rangers' third short-handed goal of the season.
Stepan deflected a shot from defenseman Michael Del Zotto for his ninth goal and second in as many games. The goal at 17:49 signaled the end of Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer's night. He was lifted in favor of Braden Holtby.
Grubauer was also lifted early in Washington's 5-1 loss to Columbus on Friday. Oates yanked him in the second period of that game.
Nash sent a wrist shot from the right circle that eked through Grubauer's pads for a 2-0 Ranger lead at 16:06. The goal occurred when the Rangers were on a 5-on-3 advantage. New York has notched a power play goal in seven of the last nine games.
The Rangers struck early when Nash intercepted a Capitals pass just inside the blueline. The left winger skated in alone and flipped a backhander past Grubauer at 1:10 of the first period. The goal was Nash's sixth in his last seven games.
The Capitals, one of the most penalized teams in the league, accumulated 12 minutes in penalties.
NOTES: Capital coach Adam Oates reunited the top line of C Nicklas Backstrom, RW Alex Ovechkin and C Marcus Johansson. Ovechkin and Backstrom were split up in Friday's 5-1 loss to Columbus. ... Going into Sunday's game, Capitals RW Tom Wilson ranked seventh in the NHL with 94 penalty minutes and third among rookies in hits (108). ... Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist is one shutout away from tying Eddie Giacomin's team record of 49. ... ... The Rangers are tied for third in the league in combined power-play percentage and penalty-kill percentage at 105.2 percent.