The New York Islanders downed the Washington Capitals 1-0 on Tuesday night at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The loss drops the Capitals record to 25-10-4 (54 points) on the season and moves the Islanders into a first place tie with the Capitals in the East Division.
Following a scoreless first and second period, the Islanders would finally break the seal with a goal from Brock Nelson late in the final frame.
Vitek Vanecek (15-6-0-3, 2.71 GAA, .907 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Capitals. Semyon Varlomov (15-7-0-3, 2.26 GAA, .919 sv%) started in goal for the Islanders. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:
Scratches: Jonas Siegenthaler, Trevor van Riemsdyk and Richard Panik
The Capitals and Islanders skated to a scoreless draw in the opening stanza.
The Islanders led in shot attempts 17-10 and 12-7 in shots on goal. The Islanders led in scoring chances 10-6 for the first period. The Islanders led in expected goals 1.16 to 0.39 and 63.49% to 36.51%.
Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play in the first 20 minutes.
The second period would also go scoreless.
The Capitals led in shot attempts 21-12 in the second period and 31-29 after 40 minutes of play.
The Capitals led in shots on goal 12-9 in the middle frame, with shots on goal tied 19-19 after two periods.
The Capitals led in scoring chances 10-9 in the middle frame with the Islanders leading 18-15 after two periods.
Washington was 0 for 2 and the Islanders 0 for 1 on the power play after two periods.
The Islanders would finally break the seal on the scoring with a goal from Brock Nelson (14) at 13:05 of the final period.
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— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) April 7, 2021
And that would be all they need to hold on for a 1-0 win.
Islanders led in shot attempts 54-45 in regulation. Islanders led in shots on goal 39-29.
The Islanders led in scoring chances 34-24, and expected goals 4.98 to 1.94. (61.21% to 38.79%)
The Capitals are back in action on Thursday night when they host the Boston Bruins at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for just after 7:00 PM.
- Tonight marked the first game this season that the Capitals did not score a goal. Entering tonight’s game, Washington was one of two teams (Ottawa) in the NHL that had not been shutout.
- Vitek Vanecek had an excellent game, stopping 38 of 39 shots faced. 19 saves in the third period.
- This was Vanecek’s third game this season with at least that many saves.
- Vanecek has stopped 60 of his last 62 shots faced, good for a .968 save percentage.
- The Capitals have killed off 12 straight opposing power play opportunities, dating back to March 30. Washington’s 87.2 penalty kill percentage since March 1 ranks second in the NHL.
By Jon Sorensen