Islanders Blank Capitals, 1-0

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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.

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

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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5 Responses to Islanders Blank Capitals, 1-0

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Maybe it’s me, but the stat that seems to have mattered this year is blocked shots. When that favors the Caps, they seem to win regardless of other stats.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Interesting. I’ll take a look at those numbers. I’m curious as well. They are somewhat inconsistent in their blocked shots so it will be interesting to see if it correlates in any way. Good idea.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Vannie was a beast!

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