An Alex Ovechkin-less Washington Capitals did battle with the Barry Trotz-led New York Islanders for the second time in only a few days. Could the Caps get the job done without their captain? Could they also win the battle of goaltenders named Ilya?
Garnet Hathway opened the scoring with a soft wrister that fooled Ilya Sorokin to give the Caps a goal against the Isles for the first time in forever. TJ Oshie finished off a pretty passing play to extend that lead before Anthony Beauvillier cut it back in half with a power-play backhand.
An Adam Pelech shorthanded blast beat what seemed like a surprised Ilya Samsonov. Nic Dowd took it to the roof to restore a Caps lead and Daniel Sprong popped home another right after. Things wouldn’t stay fully rosy in the second period though as Jean-Gabriel Pageau pounced on a rough bounce to bring the Isles a goal closer once more.
Evgeny Kuznetsov went coast-to-coast and found the back of the net with a slick wrister. Sprong hit the roof right off of a faceoff.
Caps beat Islanders 6-3!