By Chris Gordon
Coming off a thrilling win on Tuesday, the Caps looked to get back on a winning streak after Saturday’s loss to Dallas. The day got off to an inauspicious start when the Capitals didn’t skate this morning, which is basically throwing in the towel. Washington indeed got off to a slow start with the Islanders taking the first six shots of the night. Later in the period, John Tavares put the moves on Nate Schmidt and Braden Holtby to open the period.
In the second, the Caps titled the ice like an hourglass, outshooting the Islanders 14-4. Alex Ovechkin tied the game up for the Caps, setup by a brilliant behind the net pass from first line center Evgeny Kuznetsov. Ovi added another less than two minutes later on the power play, this time assisted by the demoted and pathetic Nicklas Backstrom.
The Capitals continued to control play in the third, but couldn’t dent Thomas Greiss, winner of five of his last six, for an insurance goal. And sure enough, Frans Nielsen beat Braden Holtby with a minute and 44 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
J-Will with the slapper for the ballgame. Caps beat Isles 3-2 (OT)!
s'pose that'll do, eh? pic.twitter.com/g3TlLGrrmq
— RMNB (@russianmachine) February 19, 2016
#Caps Ovechkin looking to become first player to 4-peat as NHL goal-scoring leader since Wayne Gretzky (1981-1985) https://t.co/yqSX8ggJsd
— Ben Raby (@BenRaby31) February 19, 2016
The widest of ties.
The Caps dominated play, despite New York’s point. A nice game for the boys in white and a nicer game for the weird looking guy wearing number eight. Back home on Saturday.
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