Capitals Thump Islanders, 6-3; 4th Line Scores Two Goals

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The Washington Capitals thumped the New York Islanders, 6-3, Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum in New York. The victory improves the Capitals record to 31-13-4 (66 points) on the season.

The Capitals jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with goals from Garnet Hathaway and T.J. Oshie. The Islanders would answer a little over four minutes later with a power play goal to make it 2-1 at the first intermission.

The Islanders tied the game with a shorthanded tally early in the middle frame, but the Capitals would answer with goals from Nic Dowd and Daniel Sprong to restore the two goal lead, 4-2. The Islanders would close the gap with a power play goal to make it 4-3 at the second intermission.

The Capitals would extend their lead to 5-3 with a goal from Evgeny Kuznetsov midway through the final frame. Daniel Sprong would score his second goal of the game late in the final frame for the 6-3 final.


GAME STATS


STARTERS

Ilya Samsonov (12-3-0-1, 2.65 GAA, .904 SV%) started between the pipes for the visiting Capitals. Ilya Sorokin (12-4-0-1, .922 sv%, 2.02 GAA) got the start in goal for the Islanders. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:

Scratches: Alex Ovechkin (lower body injury), Justin Schultz (upper body injury).


FIRST PERIOD

The Capitals struck first early in the first period with a goal from Garnet Hathaway (5) at 2:33 of the first period. Nick Jensen (11) had the lone assist.

The Capitals would extend their lead with a beautiful give-and-go by Nicklas Backstrom, Anthony Mantha and T.J. Oshie. Oshie (17) would finish at 10:55 of the first period, giving the Capitals an early 2-0 lead. Nicklas Backstrom (34) and Anthony Mantha (12) had the helpers.

The Islanders would get on the scoreboard with a power play tally from Anthony Beauvillier (10) at 14:28 of the opening stanza.

The first period would conclude with the Capitals leading 2-1. The Capitals led in shot attempts 25-13 and shots on goal 13-10. The Capitals led in scoring chances 10-9 with the Islanders leading in xGF 1.26 to .93.


SECOND PERIOD

The Islanders would tie the game with a shorthanded goal from Adam Pelech (3) at 7:37 of the middle frame.

The Capitals would retake the lead with a goal from Nic Dowd (9) at 12:21 of the middle frame.

The Capitals would make it 4-2 with a tally from Daniel Sprong (8) at 14:46 of the middle frame. Evgeny Kuznetsov (18) and Brenden Dillon (15) had the helpers.

The Islanders would answer with a power play goal from Jean-Gabriel Pageau (14)

The period would end with the Capitals leading 4-3. Shot attempts were tied 12-12 in the middle period with the Capitals leading 29-23 after two periods. Scoring chances were tied 7-7. The Islanders led in expected goals .76 to .56.


THIRD PERIOD

The Capitals would make it 5-3 with a goal from Evgeny Kuznetsov (9) at 7:35 of the final frame.

The Capitals would stretch their lead to 6-3 with Daniel Sprong’s second goal of the game at 14:43 of the third period. Tom Wilson (18) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (19) had the assists.

That would be the final.

 


SHAVINGS

  • Dowd’s 9th goal of the season is a career high.
  • Anthony Mantha recorded an assist on Oshie’s goal, marking his 200th career point.
  • T.J. scored his 17th goal of the season to extend the Capitals’ lead to 2-0. Oshie has recorded 18 points (10g, 8a) in his last 16 games.
  • Daniel Sprong scored his second goal of the game to extend the Capitals’ lead to 6-3. It marks Sprong’s third career multi-goal game and his first since Jan. 5, 2018 as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, against the New York Islanders.

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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 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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  2. Marky says:

    Excellent game. Isles ppg’s were kind of flukey. Not worried about it.

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