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The Washington Capitals started the post-Thanksgiving match against the New York Islanders looking like they were still full from their Thanksgiving feast, and five minutes into the game Barry Trotz was forced to take a time out to get his troops focused. The trick worked, and save for a minute-lapse late in the first the Caps would return the favor from Wednesday night's loss with a 5-2 win at home. Friday night's Plus/Minus:
- Plus: Secondary scoring has been missing for what seems like the last month, but tonight it returned in a big way. The scoring opened with the second power play unit, and the re-tooled second line contributed two more even strength goals. Evgeny Kuznetsov had the kind of game we've all been waiting to see, scoring a goal and adding an assist. The presence or absence of some second line scoring has been crucial to the Caps' success this year and is one of the biggest things to watch for as the season progresses.
- Minus: After Marcus Johansson (or the body snatcher that has replaced him this year) gave the Caps a two-goal lead with ninety seconds in the first, it looked like the Caps would have a nice lead to protect, at least to start the second period. But some atrocious defensive play allowed the Islanders to score two quick goals in the final minute of the period to escape with a tie.
And now, this...