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Capitals vs. Islanders Recap: Caps Squander Lead, Welcome Isles to Playoffs 4-3

The Washington Capitals fell to the New York Islanders 4-3 despite holding a two-goal lead in the final frame, giving the Islanders a playoff berth in the process.

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Despite some dazzling fireworks from the Capitals' top line, the home team still gave up a two-goal third period lead to fall to the Islanders 4-3 in sudden death overtime. Argh!

Here's Tuesday night's Plus/Minus:

  • Plus: The Capitals' top line was lights out. T.J. Oshie, Alex Ovechkin, and Marcus Johansson all had sexy, sexy nights.
  • Minus: Giving up a two-goal lead in the final frame is cause for jettisoning into the Sun where I'm from.

And now, this...

Ten more notes on the game:

  • Hold your breath and say your rosary: the Capitals scored first! O Captain Our Captain Alex Ovechkin got his 46th on the year off a wicked sharp angle wrister, extending his goal-scoring lead over Human Fart Smell Patrick Kane.
  • Michael Latta, in the line-up for the first time in a blue moon, took exception to a hit dished out to Mike Richards and did what he does best: throw hands in the direction of enemies.
  • Halfway into the second period, wunderkind John Tavares beat Braden Holtby over the glove on one Holtby got quite a tasty piece of. That's one the Ol' Holtbeast will want back.
  • The third period was a top-line revelation, starting with T.J. Oshie securing his 26th goal of the year off a lovely instance of spacial awareness. Good on ya, Osh.
  • Then, five minutes later, our intrepid captain Ovechkin got his second of the night and his 47th on the year off of one of the prettiest top-line passing plays you're ever likely to see.
  • Kyle Okposo, the man whose name sounds like a species of gazelle, cut the lead to one after stuffing home a missed poke check by Holtby to make it 3-2 Caps.
  • Just a few nauseating seconds later, New York's Anders Lee tied the game to delay the party for the home team and make it 3-3.
  • Sixty minutes, like sixty Ferraris or sixty pieces of fine nigiri sushi, was not enough, and this game went to the sacred ritual of overtime.
  • Thomas Hickey would man the dagger, beating Holtby high and guaranteeing the Islanders a playoff berth.
  • Giving up two goal leads in the third period is frustrating, disconcerting, and while perhaps no cause for alarm, is worse than the alternative.

The Penguins are up next on Thursday at Verizon. What say we won't limp ass-backwards into the playoffs, and get Holtby this daggone record?

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