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It's fun to be the bad boys sometimes. Walking into town with Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson doesn't hurt, and the Capitals dropped Metropolitan Division rivals the New York Islanders 3-2 in overtime on Thursday. Two from Ovi in the second frame plus a game-winner from Mr. Game 7 was all she wrote in Brooklyn.
Here's Thursday night's Plus/Minus:
- Plus: Alex Ovechkin just continues to amaze, astound, and many other Cochran-esque verbs. He now leads the league by three goals, and is fantabulous.
- Minus: The fact that the Islanders even snatched one point from this affair. That, or the weird-ass spaghetti many of you noticed being consumed in the Barclays Center.
And now, this...
Williams at his finest pic.twitter.com/3eSbEqFL5D— CAPITALS HILL (@CapitalsHill) February 19, 2016
Ten more notes on the game:
- It took just fifteen seconds for Tom Wilson to record his first hit of the game, smashing Thomas Hickey like so many varieties of boiled potatoes. Mr. Coincidental Minors is always a target for New York. It's one thing to say Wilson is in the Islanders' heads. That's an understatement. He's investing in real estate in their heads. He's looking for a good school district for his kids to go to in their heads.
- With just a faint few minutes left in the first period, John Tavares, who is very good at hockey and who is in fact potentially great at hockey, beat Braden Holtby short side on a pretty shot and put the Islanders up 1-0 after the first.
- Then the second period began, and someone awoke the captain. Alex Ovechkin is the plague Pharaoh was warned about. He scored two goals in the second period alone, his second time doing that since exactly a week ago when he tap danced on the Minnesota Wild for a hat-trick. He now has six goals in the last four games. Oy vey, Ovi.
- The first of Ovechkin's goals was fabulously assisted by Evgeny Kuznetsov in a combination I like to call, in Brazilian tradition, "Ovechkinho to Ovechkin."
- The second was a power play goal, his 37th on the year, assisted by Nicklas Backstrom! Much has been said about the paltry scoring rate of the power play unit of what is otherwise an offensively stout team. Time will tell if this booster shot helps.
- Which is not say that all signs already point to sunshine and cherries for the power play. Let us not forget the minute-long 5-on-3 the Capitals failed to capitalize on in the second period.
- After much back and forth in the third and final period, the Islanders' Frans Nielsen tied the game with just over a minute left. Much anguish and swearing was had.
- Regulation was not enough to decide this division rivalry, and the game went to overtime. Ovechkin rang a post (denying him a hat-trick) before Justin Williams - world's cutest curly-headed badass - one-timed a bad mammajamma from the point to lift the Capitals to sudden victory.
- Your beau and mine Braden Holtby saved 20 of 22 for his 35th win on the season, enough to name your first born after him.
- Here's an interesting stat not necessarily apropos of anything: tonight's fourth-line of Latta-Richards-Laich has fewer combined goals on the season than any of the Caps' top-nine individual skaters.
Drink that two-point division milkshake, Caps! The best goal-scorer of his generation just adds to his legend, and the playoffs get that much little bit closer. Next up is the New Jersey Devils at home on Saturday. Go Caps.