The Washington Capitals were the top team in the NHL for 1 hour and 58 minutes after beating the Islanders
The Washington Capitals are integrating a new coach, a new system, and a bunch of new players. Last week, they lost four of their best players, including their future Hockey Hall of Fame winger, Alex Ovechkin, to COVID protocol. The injury bug has also claimed two centers (Nicklas Backstrom and Lars Eller) their other best winger (Tom Wilson). They are already without Michal Kempny and Henrik Lundqvist to season-ending injuries. And, oh yeah, some guy named Michael Sgarbossa was their fourth-line center tonight.
Regardless of all these issues, the Cardiac Caps keep not losing in regulation and also sometimes winning. The Capitals have collected standings points in every game this season – a seven-game streak – and are 4-0-3. With their thrilling, last-minute win against the Islanders, the Capitals were sprung into first place in the NHL.