Capitals Sink Trotz, Islanders, 4-1, For Sixth Straight Win; Tom Wilson Gets A Pair

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The Washington Capitals beat former head coach Barry Trotz and the New York Islanders by a score of 4-1 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Monday night to extend their season-high winning streak to six. Goaltender Braden Holtby made 32 in the win. 

Capitals Lines at Islanders

The Capitals switched up their defensive pairings and defenseman Madison Bowey drew back into the lineup after sitting out in favor of Jonas Seigenthaler in the Capitals’ 5-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon. The team made no changes on offense. Forwards T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov, who are likely dealing with concussions, missed their sixth consecutive game.

First Period

Center Valtteri Filpulla scored on a backhand shot from the slot 36 seconds in from the slot after receiving a pass from defenseman Ryan Pulock following a Capitals’ defensive zone turnover.

Forward Tom Wilson scored his fourth goal in as many games from the right circle after getting a feed in the neutral zone from Nicklas Backstrom 2:14  after the Islanders struck first to tie the game.

The Capitals led 12-8 in shots and 1-0 in takeaways after one. Washington only had three giveaways while New York had seven.

The Islanders led 5-4 in blocked shots and 12-7 in hits. New York won 58% of the faceoffs in the first.

Second Period

Center Nic Dowd wired a shot over the arm of Thomas Greiss from the right circle after getting a drop pass from forward Dmitrij Jaskin to make it 2-1 Capitals 7:58 into the period. The goal was Dowd’s second in as many games.

The Capitals led 14-7 in blocked shots, 2-1 in takeaways, and only had five giveaways while New York had 12 after 40 minutes of play.

The Islanders led 18-15 in shots, including 10-3 in the middle frame, and 18-13 in hits. They won 68% of the faceoffs through two.

Neither scored on the power play through 40. The Islanders had three opportunities while the Capitals didn’t have any.

Third Period

Wilson scored again from Oshie’s office on the power-play after a tic-tac-toe passing play with center Nicklas Backstrom and center Lars Eller with 5:39 left in regulation. With the assist, Backstrom passed Peter Bondra for second on the franchise leaderboard in points with the 826th of his career.


Ovechkin took it all the way to the net with 21.4 seconds left for an empty-netter to seal the Capitals’ sixth straight win.

The Capitals led 17-12 in blocked shots and only had seven giveaways while New York had 14. They went 1-for-2 on the man advantage.

The Islanders led 33-24 in shots, including 15-9 in the final frame, and 30-19 in hits. They won 57% of the faceoffs. The Islanders went 0-for-4 on the power-play.

Each team had three takeaways

The Capitals will enjoy a few days off before hosting the New Jersey Devils on Friday night at Capital One Arena. Puck drop from Capital One Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington at 7 PM.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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