Caps blew into NY with a few changes on both sides. TJ Oshie shifted to the second line as Justin Williams slid into his slot on the top line. On the Islanders side, expected goalie Jaroslav Halak was not in the net. Instead the Islanders gave Thomas Greiss (16-6-2 and a .931 save percentage) a vote of confidence, giving him the nod as goaltender.
This was the captain’s night with John Tavares scoring first and answered with two goals by Alex Oveckin. Sure Frans Nielsen scored the goal that pushed the game into overtime, but captains dominated—ok, Ovechkin dominated!
First Period: Whole lot of holding
The Islanders had the first shot on goal, followed by a quick two more that kept Braden Holtby on his toes. Called for an ‘intentional’ offside, the Caps were pulled back all the way back to Holtby’s end. 6:15 seconds into the period before the Caps would even get a shot, compliments of Andre Burakovsky. Islanders got the first power play—although many of you questioned where the penalty actually occurred. Lots of shots stopped and no goal. Kuzy had a flash moment but couldn’t get the puck into the net—we were excited for a moment there. Before the end of the period the Islanders would shoot one in and make it count. Their goal was met with a penalty and a man advantage for the Caps that resulted in…no goal.
Goals: Islanders John Tavares wrist shot assisted by Nick Leddy.
Penalties: Andre Burakovsky called for holding against Brock Nelson. Nikolay Kulemin holding against Dmitry Orlov.
Score: 1-0 Islanders
Second Period: The Ovi Show
It took less than two minutes into the second period for the Caps to even the score. And shortly after with a huge hit in which Clutterbuck leaves his skates slamming Orlov’s head into the glass, the Caps PP succeed when Ovi scored his second of the game. This is the GR8’s 106th multi-goal game. Caps have a short two- man advantage but do not capitalize. The period continued to be a chippy one with penalties out the wazoo and nothing to show for them. Washington had 14 shots to New York’s 4.
Goals: Alex Ovechkin PPG on a pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov. Ovechkin again from TJ Oshie and Nicky Backstrom. That’s 37 for Ovi!!!!!!!!
Penalties: Cal Clutterbuck gets a boarding against Dmitry Orlov. Thomas Hickey/ Tom Wilson matching roughing penalties. Brooks Laich for slashing on Cal Clutterbuck and Ryan Strome got one for elbowing on TJ Oshie, Thomas Greiss- Delay of game (served by Marek Zidlicky), Justin Williams/Travis Hamonic mutual slashing.
Score: 0-2 Caps
Third Period: Almost made it…
Caps normally lead the league in goals earned in the third period. The fourth line worked hard to create some chances, but to no avail. It seemed like every time we looked up they were on the ice. Clutterbuck shoots on Holtby and tries to draw in a penalty—no go. The Caps stepped up their game with three shots in the first five minutes while holding the Isles at bay. The period was dragging and finally a penalty was called on the Islanders to add some excitement—even if there was no goal. Just when we thought we were free and clear, the Islanders spin Holtby and score (2-2). A little delay to fix the pothole on the ice and we headed to OT.
Goals: Frans Nielsen ties it up with a wrist shot assisted by Travis Harmonic.
Penalties: Brock Nelson hooking against Jason Chimera.
The five minutes of play ended with a banging goal by Justin Williams (assisted by John Carlson and Matt Niskanen) with 43.2 second left. Ovechkin shot twice—one hitting the pipe—and it looked like he might get another hat trick. All that really counst is the Caps left NY with another win and another two points.
Final Score: 2-3 Caps
By the end of the game, the Caps captain had 10 shots on goal, with two of them sniping past Griess. Oshie was more active, which we know made us all feel better. He had three SOG and an assist. Williams with four shots again showed his leadership skills as he kept at it until he sealed the deal. Oh and those defensemen. All but Karl Alzner had a SOG, showing they do more than just protect the netminder.
Friday, 19 Feb, 1230 Practice CANCELLED
Saturday, 20 Feb, 1015 Morning Skate at Kettler (open to public)
Saturday, 20 Feb, 7 pm Caps and Devils meet at Verizon Center.
Photos by Brittney Marcum & Mel Abernethy