Capitals fall to Islanders 3-2

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The Capitals fell to the Islanders 3-2 Tuesday night at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York. The loss dropped the Capitals record to 33-11-6 (72 points). The Capitals next travel home to host the Bruins on Wednesday night. The game will be NBC’s “Wednesday Rivalry Night” game of the week. Puck drop is an annoying 8:00PM

caps-ay-islandersPhilipp Grubauer got the start in goal for the Caps. With the Caps playing the first of a back-to-back set, and Braden Holtby participating in All-Star weekend festivities, Holtby will start at home on Wednesday night versus the Bruins.

John Carlson returned to the lineup after missing the last six consecutive games with a lower body injury.

Christian Djoos, Taylor Chorney and Chandler Stephenson were the healthy scratches.


  • The Capitals penalty kill has now allowed a goal in five straight games.
  • The Capitals continue to play soft in the second period.
  • The Caps third line had a good game, possession stats wise.
  • The Islanders Thomas Greiss had a good game in goal.
  • The Islanders improved to 6-0-1 in last 7 games (including 5-0-1 in 6 games since Doug Weight was named interim coach).
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov’s 20 points in January are the most in a month by a Capitals player since Alex Ovechkin in April 2013 (22).

The Capitals struck first, catching the Islanders in a line change. Justin Williams made a nice seam pass to Evgeny Kuznetsov for the goal at 4:41 of the opening frame.


The Caps would kill off an Islanders power play mid-way through the period, keeping the game scoreless. The period would end with the Capitals leading 1-0. The Islanders led in shots on goal, 11-9 through the first 20 minutes.

The Islanders would tie the game on a power play goal by Alan Quine at 2:41 of the middle frame.


The period would end with the game tied 1-1. The Islanders led in shots on goal 11-5 for the period, and 22-14 through two periods of play.

The Islanders would take the lead on a goal by Ryan Strome at 6:31 of the final frame.


The Islanders added an empty net goal late, to make it 3-1, but Alex Ovechkin would notch a tally in 6-on-5 play, closing the gap to 3-2 with 47 seconds left in the game.


The Islanders would hold on for the 3-2 win.


By Jon Sorensen


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has done nothing but grow over the decades, including time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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