The Washington Capitals wrapped up 2019 with a messy home game against Barry Trotz’s New York Islanders. I doubt anyone’s happy with this game. Oh, except maybe Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Casey Cizikas kicked us off with a neat deflection of a point shot. Brock Nelson’s shot through Orlov’s screen made it 2-0 Isles early, but Evgeny Kuznetsov responded with an exploitation of a defensive breakdown by New York. Tom Wilson finished off a busy first period with a danger-close tip-in off Backstrom’s pass.
Tied 2-2 entering the second, Kuznetsov got his second goal of the game, a wrister from the slot. New York answered with two goals — another from Cizikas that outsmarted Holtby, and a sharp passing sequence finished off by Tom Kuhnhackl.
The Caps buzzed late in the third period, but they couldn’t catch up.
— Byron J. Hudtloff (@ByronHudtloff) December 31, 2019
Alex Ovechkin returned to the bench and talked to head athletic trainer Jason Serbus after taking this hit skating around the Isles goal. @TomGulittiNHL reports Ovechkin was getting his left shoulder rubbed on the bench. https://t.co/KSfjOptdbx pic.twitter.com/8Hn9CWTw4J
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) December 31, 2019
— Good Tweet Pete 🌮 (@peterhassett) December 31, 2019
And with that, the decade ends and we hit the season’s halfway point. Everything seems too massive to try to characterize or summarize for you here. I’ll just say that I like spending time with you people, and I hope we can do it some more in 2020.
Have a safe and happy new year. Crash the net.
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