Islanders Beat Capitals 2-1 In Overtime, Take 3-0 Series Lead

The Washington Capitals fell to the New York Islanders 2-1 (OT) in Game 3 of their first round series Sunday afternoon at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. The loss gives the Islanders a commanding 3-0 series lead. Game 4 is set for Tuesday.


Braden Holtby (1-3-1, 2.81 GAA, .899 sv%) got the start in goal for the Capitals. Semyon Varlamov (5-1-0, 1.85 GAA, .929 sv%) started between the pipes for the Islanders. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:

Scratches: Nicklas Backstrom (Concussion), Jonas Siegenthaler, Michal Kempny, Travis Boyd.

The Islanders started the scoring with a goal from Anders Lee (3) at 14:50 of the first period.

The first period concluded with the Islanders leading 1-0. The Islanders led in shot attempts 15-9 and SOG 14-6.

The Capitals tied the game early in the second period with a power play goal from Evgeny Kuznetsov (2) at 5:50 of the middle frame. John Carlson (4) and Alex Ovechkin (1) had the helpers.

The period would conclude with the game tied 1-1. Islanders led in shot attempts 21-17 for the middle frame and 36-26 after two periods. SOG were tied 10-10 in the second period with the Islanders leading 24-16 after two periods.

The Capitals and Islanders battled to a scoreless draw in the final frame.

The Islanders led in shot attempts 17-13 for the final frame and 53-39 after two periods. The Islanders led 8-4 in the third period and 32-20 after two periods. The Islanders were 0 for 5 and the Capitals 1 for 2 on the power play after three periods.


The Islanders would win it in overtime with a goal from Matt Barzal at 4:28 of overtime.

Game 4 is set for Tuesday.


  • Evgeny Kuznetsov tied the game at 1-1 with a power play goal his 26th career playoff goal. He has passed Dale Hunter (25) for the fourth most playoff goals in franchise history.
  • With the goal, Kuznetsov has tied Mike Ridley (60) for the fifth most playoff points in franchise history.
  • John Carlson earned the primary assist on Kuznetsov’s goal and now has recorded four assists in his last three games. Carlson is one assist shy of passing Dale Hunter (47) for the third most playoff assists in franchise history.
  • Brian Pinho made his NHL debut today against the New York Islanders. He will become the fifth player in franchise history to make his debut in the playoffs, joining Tom Wilson (2013), Trent Whitfield (2000), Grant Jennings (1988) and Chris Felix (1988).


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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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