Capitals Sink Islanders, 3-1; Alex Ovechkin Records NHL Career Goal #718 And Career Point 1,300

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The Washington Capitals beat the New York Islanders 3-1 on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena. The victory improves the Capitals record to 19-6-4 (42 points) on the season. The win also moves the Capitals into a first place tie with the Islanders in the East Division.

The Capitals struck first with a goal from T.J. Oshie midway through the second period. Alex Ovechkin assisted on the play. It was his 1,300th career NHL point.

The Capitals quickly made it 2-0 with a power play goal from Alex Ovechkin. The goal was Ovechkin’s 718th career NHL goal, passing Phil Esposito for 6th on the all-time list.

Nicklas Backstrom added a power play goal early in the third period. The Islanders answered moments later with a power play goal of their own to make it 3-1, but that would be the final.


STATS

STARTERS
Ilya Samsonov (5-0-0-1, 2.77 GAA, .902 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Capitals. Semyon Varlamov (13-4-0-3, 2.03 GAA, .929 sv%) started in goal for the visiting Islanders. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:

Scratches: Tom Wilson (suspension), Lars Eller (lower body injury), Jonas Siegenthaler.

FIRST PERIOD
The Capitals and Islanders skated to a scoreless draw in the opening frame, although the Islanders dominated possession. Ilya Samsonov had a strong period in goal for the Capitals.

The Islanders led in shot attempts 21-13 and shots on goal 11-7. The Islanders led in scoring chances, 11-2. The Islanders were 0 for 1 on the power play. The Capitals did not have a man advantage in the first period.

SECOND PERIOD
The Capitals opened the scoring with a tally from T.J. Oshie (7) at 10:36 of the middle frame. Evgeny Kuznetsov (9) and Alex Ovechkin (11) had the helpers. The assist was Alex Ovechkin’s 1,300th career point.

The Capitals would make it 2-0 with a power play goal from Alex Ovechkin (12) at 15:24 of the second period. The goal was Ovechkin’s 718th career NHL goal, passing Phil Esposito for 6th on the all-time list.

The goal was assisted by Justin Schultz (11) and Nicklas Backstrom (21). With the assist, Backstrom tied Detroit Red Wings great Henrik Zetterberg for the sixth-most points by a Swedish-born player with 960.

The period would end with the Capitals holding a 2-0 lead. The Capitals led in shot attempts 15-13 in the second period, with the Islanders leading 34-28 after two periods.

The Capitals led in shots on goal 7-4 in the second period, with the Islanders leading 15-14 after two periods. Washington was 1 for 2 and the Islanders 0 for 1 on the power play after two periods.

THIRD PERIOD
The Capitals extended their lead to 3-0 with a power play goal from Nicklas Backstrom (12) just 28 seconds into the third frame. Jakub Vrana (11) and John Carlson (19) had the assists. With the assist on Backstrom’s goal, John Carlson tied Mike Gartner (392a) for the fourth-most assists in franchise history.

The Islanders would answer with a power play goal of their own at 4:17 of the final frame. Oliver Wahlstrom (6) would notch the tally to make it 3-1.

The Capitals would hold the lead for a 3-1 win.

The Capitals are back on the ice on Friday when they host the New York Rangers in the first of a back-to-back set with the Rangers. Puck drop is set for 7:00PM.

NOTES

  • Shots on goal were tied 22-22.
  • Ilya Samsonov stopped 21 of 22 shots for a .955 game save percentage.
  • Islanders led in shot attempts 46-38.
  • The Islanders were 1 for 2 and the Capitals 2 for 4 on the power play.
  • With their win over the Islanders, the Capitals move into first place in the East Division.
  • The Capitals improve to 9-3-2 at home. Their .714 point percentage at home is the seventh-best in the NHL.
  • The Capitals have won six straight games and are 10-1-0 in their last 11 games.
  • With an assist on Backstrom’s goal, John Carlson tied Mike Gartner (392a) for the fourth-most assists in franchise history.
  • With that power play goal, Ovechkin is two power play goals shy of passing Brett Hull (265) for the second-most power play goals in NHL history.

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 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 Civil 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 Capitals Sink Islanders, 3-1; Alex Ovechkin Records NHL Career Goal #718 And Career Point 1,300

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good last 40 minutes for a change tonight. Deck was stacked, but Caps weathered stormy first and prevailed. Best win of the season so far.

  2. Jon Sorensen says:

    Solid back 40. Was a bit concerned about this one. First game after road trip, back to back games for caps, not for Isles. They were sizzling hot. Impressive win for the Caps.

  3. Jon Sorensen says:

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  5. Marky says:

    Giving credit to all of the assists on those 3 goals. Kuzy with a sick move gives Osh an easy tap in, Vrana with a perfect look to Ovi then threads the needle to Backy, Schultz with a great feed to Ovi for his 718 goal. Very nice win with only a day rest against the toughest defensive team in the league. Great job and well deserved day off of rest before Friday game with Rangers. Would be nice to beat them for once, Caps haven’t played them well this year.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Good point, Marky, the assists were indeed the highlights. Kuzy’s move was ridiculous. Same for Varna’s pass. And yes, we need to beat the Rangers. Please?!

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