The Capitals returned home to Capital One Arena for the first time in eleven nights and hosted the Islanders. New York, winners of their past two, were halted in Washington behind Lars Eller’s three point performance.
Here's Thursday night's Plus/Minus:
Plus: Washington tallied the contest’s first goal (hurrah!) less than six minutes into the opening frame.
Minus: The Islanders connected on two of their four man advantage chances. Their two power play goals were both quick strikes, coming 6 and 21 seconds into their opportunities.
Nine more notes on the game.
- Taylor Chorney got the game’s first goal with a nice shot from atop the slot that slid under Jaroslav Halak’s knees. Chandler Stephenson picked up his first assist with a primary and Lars Eller his fifth.
- But as soon as the Capitals went down a man the Islanders evened the score, just six seconds into the power play. A faceoff win from John Tavares led to a brief possession ending with their Captain jamming the puck into the net from inside Braden Holtby’s blue paint.
- Washington’s offense would respond quickly though, with Eller sliding a puck between Halak’s pads once again to regain the lead. Madison Bowey and Nicklas Backstrom worked the puck to Eller in the slot and he buried his shot, off
- New York would tie the contest again 13 minutes into the second period with their second power play strike. Anders Lee finished a smart passing play from Matthew Barzal and Bailey with a neat skate deflection to knot the score at two - temporarily.
- Because only 12 seconds later, though, Alex Chiasson stepped into a slap shot from the faceoff circle for his first goal with Washington. Halak dropped into his butterfly but Chiasson’s shot was perfectly placed, rising over the right led pad and under Halak’s blocker.
- The Islanders dominated the Capitals in the third period early, firing nine shots on goal (to Washington’s zero) in the first 6:59 of the final frame.
- And at the seventh minute Lee hit paydirt with New York’s tenth shot of the third period, tying the game at three. Lee spun around in the slot and slapped the puck underneath Holtby for his second of the evening.
- With three minutes left Eller stole the show, flying down the right wing and whipping a high wrist shot over Halak’s glovehand for the victory. Tom Wilson and John Carlson picked up assists on the game winner.
- Jason Chimera is still riding (quite smoothly) on antique Pro-Lite 3 skate holders. Islanders EQM Scott Boggs must be thrilled.