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:

STARTERS
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:

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Wilson
Vrana-Kuznetsov-Oshie
Burakovsky-Eller-Connolly
Stephenson-Dowd-DSP

Kempny-Carlson
Orlov-Niskanen
Orpik-Siegenthaler

Scratches: Travis Boyd, Dmitrij Jaskin and Madison Bowey.

FIRST PERIOD
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.

SECOND PERIOD
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.

THIRD PERIOD
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.

SHAVINGS

  • 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.

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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 grown over the decades, which has included 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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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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