The Capitals Lose to Islanders 2-0; Fall Out of First Place in Metropolitan Division

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The Washington Capitals fell to the New York Islanders 2-0 Friday night at Capital One Arena. The loss is their 4th straight, dropping the Capitals record to 27-15-5 (59 points). The Islanders win puts them in first place in the Metropolitan Divsion. The Capitals are back in action on Sunday when they visit the Blackhawks in Chicago. Puck drop is 12:30PM ET. 

After a scoreless first two periods, the Islanders would dent the twine twice in the final frame for the 2-0 win. With the loss, the Capitals fall from first place in the Metropolitan Division. The current standings:

Braden Holtby (17-10-2, 2.85 GAA, .912 sv%) started in goal for the Capitals. Thomas Greiss (13-8-1, 2.62 GAA, .918 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Islanders. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:



Scratches: Travis Boyd, Dmitrij Jaskin and Madison Bowey.

The Capitals and Islanders battled to a scoreless first frame. The Islanders outshot the Capitals 11-7 for the first 20 minutes. The Capitals out-attempted the Capitals in shots 19-15 for the first period. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play.

The second period would also be a scoreless affair. The Islanders outshot the Capitals 9-8 for the middle frame. The Capitals out-attempted the Islanders 21-17 in the second period. Both teams were 0 for 2 on the power play after two periods.

The Islanders would finally break the seal with a goal from Josh Bailey at 5:09 of the final frame, making it 1-0.

The Islanders would make it 2-0 with a goal from Cal Clutterbuck at 7:34 of the third period.

And that would be the final.


  • The Capitals have now lost a season-high four-straight games, and seven of their last 10 games.
  • The Capitals have lost three straight at home, and four of their last five.
  • The Capitals have now killed off 40 of their last 46 penalties (87.0 percent).
  • The NHL box score is here.


About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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6 Responses to The Capitals Lose to Islanders 2-0; Fall Out of First Place in Metropolitan Division

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Jon, a blog is reporting the Oilers and Caps in big talks over AB… Caps have some tough games coming after CHI… Isles have an easy schedule

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