The New York Islanders were apparently unhappy with their performance on Friday, so they opted to pound the hell out of the Capitals on Sunday. Without Braden Holtby standing on his head, this would have been a blow out. It was a constant onslaught with immense tension. It was the Ardennes forest of hockey games.
Despite a ton of Isles chances, we were scoreless until halfway through the game, when Kyle Okposo deflected a shot by Lubomir Visnovsky to finally crack Holtby. With six minutes left in the third, the Capitals finally beat Halak with Nick Backstrom’s heavily trafficked shot– off the crossbar and in. That was where we stood at the end of rego.
John Tavares won it immediately in overtime.
Isles beat Caps 2-1. I’m crestfallen.
^ I am the raccoon right now.
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) April 19, 2015
Holtby was great, Backstrom too, but overvalued forward depth and tactless defense is sinking this team. Down a game with one more at Nassau, the Caps need to clean up their act for Tuesday.
Stay strong, Caps fans.
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