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Rangers crush Capitals to continue dominance in revenge games

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The Rangers have mastered the art of the revenge game through just over two months of the season. Not only have they won all but one contest following their nine losses, but the Blueshirts have yet to succumb to the same team twice, a trend they continued Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden with a 5-1 win over the Capitals. Each time they’ve faced an opponent that badly beat them in their previous meeting, the Rangers have bounced back with an indisputable effort. The kind that shows the initiative they’ve taken to identify and correct their mistakes, and then apply it to their game the second time around. "There’s self-awareness in the room, they realize that," Rangers head coach Peter Laviolette said after his club improved to 24-8-1. "I don’t think we played a very good game in Washington. I don’t think the players probably thought [they did] either. So that’s a chance to go out and play a better brand of hockey."