The Washington Capitals traveled to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the final time this regular season, looking to make their record against the hosting Islanders 3-0 this season.
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The lines were a bit jumbled to start this one, with head coach Barry Trotz perhaps opting to add a little bit more size on his top line by slotting Alex Ovechkin next to Evgeny Kuznetsov and Justin Williams. The second line consisted of Andre Burakovsky, Nicklas Backstorm and T.J. Oshie.
The first period was full of back-and-forth hockey which was started off by a huge hit by Caps F Tom Wilson on Isles defenseman Thomas Hickey. The teams would trade chances until John Tavares made a nice move on Nate Schmidt and beat Braden Holtby short side 15:41 into the first frame.
The Washington Capitals would really get going in the second period. Evgeny Kuznetsov did the Evgeny Kuznetsov, feeding a wide open Alex Ovechkin from behind the net which amounted to a layup for the Russian machine at the 1:25 mark. Ovechkin had another great chance in front before being denied by Thomas Greiss, but they Isles would fall victim to Ovechkin again at the 2:52 mark on a nasty wrister from the slot.
The second period was absolutely dominated by the Capitals, who outshot their opponents 14-4 in the frame. Wilson also continued to make the Islanders mad, something that he has become nothing short of an expert at since last spring.
The Washington Capitals displayed a relentless forecheck for much of the third, wearing down the Islanders as the home team looked to mount a comeback. 18:16 into the third period, the Islanders knotted the game up at two on a nice shot from Frans Nielsen in tight. Though the Capitals had dominated play for most of the game, the fact that they couldn’t get an insurance goal came back to haunt them. The game would head to overtime.
Alex Ovechkin narrowly missed his third goal of the night several times on his first shift of the overtime period, but could not convert. Luckily, the Washington Capitals depth scoring kicked in again. Justin Williams ripped one from the point in the final minute of overtime, beating Greiss.
The league-leading Capitals are now 3-0 against the Islanders this season, with one more home meeting against their division foe upcoming.