Photo: Nick Wass
Alex Ovechkin had missed the last two games due to an upper-body injury. Returning to active service against the New York Islanders on Tuesday, Alex wanted to make sure we didn’t forget him. As if we ever could. He scored two goals and set up Tom Wilson for his first career NHL goal. That’s your captain right there.
John Tavares scored on the rebound as the Islanders’ power play expired in the first period.
But let’s talk about the second period. Early in the second, John Carlson exploited an Isles goof-up to score his second goal in as many games. Alex Ovechkin scored the most casual powerplay goal ever, but Kyle Okposo returned fire just 17 seconds later. Marcus Johansson was in the right spot as a rebounding puck found his stick on another Caps power play to restore the lead. Tom Wilson got held up on a drive to the net, but set up Alex Urbom from a supine position. Alex Ovechkin scored from the Alex Ovechkin spot on another power play– one set up by some good work by Marcus Johansson in the crease. Wow.
Tom Wilson scored his first NHL goal on third-period power play, tapping in Alex Ovechkin’s pass.
Caps beat Isles 6-2!
Five goals in the second period? Three points for Ovi? Three points for Nick? Tom Wilson’s first NHL assist AND goal? I think you know what’s coming here.
Tom Wilson scores tonight. Take it to #thebank. http://t.co/FH5PNZrjdB
— RMNB (@russianmachine) November 5, 2013
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Well, that was the best game of the season. The Capitals outpossessed and outscored a solid and improving team in the New York Islanders. They exploded for a SCOAR MOAR GOALS second period. Alex Ovechkin scored two power play goals. Marcus Johansson got his first. Alex Urbom got his first. Tom Wilson got his first NHL goal.
The Capitals are above .500 for the first time since the bronze age, and they take possession of second place in the Metro.
So yeah, that could not have gone better.
The Capitals will play the Wild on Thursday. They don’t suck anymore, so look out.
Caps diggin into that Islander ass right now
— 10 (@SimplyAJ10) November 6, 2013
Whatever you say, Adam. <3
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