Capitals vs. Islanders Non-Recap Recap

Bruce Bennett

Reactions to Saturday afternoon's matinee

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Coming off a huge comeback win against Boston and a throttling of Florida, the Caps took to the ice on Saturday against the Islanders with two things in their corner: momentum and confidence. But as soon as the puck dropped at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, what the Caps had done earlier in the week mattered little - what mattered was leaving with two points. Then again, these Caps are still very much a work in progress, and while they desperately need to gain ground in the standings if they want any realistic shot at making the postseason, the process - playing the "right" way within Adam Oates's system - is perhaps more critical even at this juncture, and certainly in the long-run. To that end, the Caps can be pleased about some of the things they did on Saturday, but can't be wholly satisfied... because if they're ever satisfied in March, they might as well call it a season right then and there. So let's put aside the result for a minute and focus elsewhere.

Ten more notes on the game:

  • Both teams entered the afternoon with ten wins and 11 regulation losses, so the winner would end the day with a .500 points percentage on the season. In a tight Eastern Conference race, that's a significant milestone, and it was clear early on that at least one of the teams wanted to reach that mark badly.
  • Two of the top point-scoring pivots in the League faced off in this one in John Tavares and Mike Ribeiro. Not sure I'd have predicted that a month-and-a-half ago.

Alright, you caught us. The fates conspired against us today and we're unable to recap that [awesome/awful/meh] game. So it's on you guys - everyone give us one bullet in the comments and we'll be all good. Cheers.

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