With the victory over the New York Islanders, the Washington Capitals have won three games in a row – this marks the second time this season they that have won three consecutive games. The kicker, each of the three wins have occurred against Eastern conference opponents, two of which are within the Metropolitan division – thus moving the Capitals into second place in the division, and seventh in the conference.
The Caps won their third straight game in convincing fashion – scoring 6 goals on Evgeni Nabokov and the Islanders. John Tavares scored the first goal of the game, and the Capitals saw themselves down by 1 at the end of the first period. Washington rallied back though, a 6 goal second period gave the Capitals a solid 5-2 lead over the Islanders going into the third period. Washington ended up scoring 1 more goal in the third period to secure the 6-2 victory.
The team story-line of the game: Special Teams. The Caps scored 4 power play goals on 6 opportunities and the penalty kill also went 5/5 – the Tavares goal was apparently immediately scored as the penalty to Mikhail Grabovski ended. Even so, 4/5 would have been a successful night on the penalty kill as well. Ovechkin made his return known to the Islanders as he scored 2 out of the 4 power play goals. Holtby continued to play well and was the driving force on the penalty kill, saving all 13 shots while down a man.
Indvidual story-line of the game: Tom Wilson. Wilson earned his first NHL point – assisting on Alexander Urbom‘s rocket of a goal in the second period. Not only did he earn his first assist, but he also scored his first NHL goal in the third period – a power play goal that was assisted by none other than Alex Ovechkin. Congrats goes out to Tom Wilson!
Other individual highlights:
- Marcus Johansson scored his first goal of the season, he also added another assist to his tally – giving him 12 points on the season.
- Nicklas Backstrom continued his point streak with 3 assists on the night – taking him to 19 points on the year, the most on the team.
- Alex Ovechkin had 2 goals and 1 assist in his return for the Capitals – he has 12 goals on the season, second most in the NHL – he is still 1 behind Alex Steen.
- Alexander Urbom scored his first goal of the season – which is also his only point so far, and his 3rd NHL goal in his career.