The Capitals brought a four game win streak into New York to faceoff against an elite offensive Islanders squad, who were losers of their last three. Unfortunately for Washington though Jaroslav Halak was chosen to tend the twine for New York and he was nearly perfect, carrying the Islanders to a 3 to 1 win.
Here’s Monday night's Plus/Minus:
Plus: Including tonight’s loss Washington has picked up 8 points in their past five games.
Minus: Halak’d. It never gets any easier.
Eight more notes on the game.
- An early goal from Brock Nelson was the difference maker and put the home team ahead 2:36 into the contest. Old friend Jason Chimera provided an assist on the play.
- And before the first frame ended Anders Lee forced the puck under Braden Holtby’s right pad for a two goal lead. However, almost immediately, Marc Joannette announced that the goal would not count because Lee pushed Holtby, and the puck beneath his pad, over the goal line.
- Islanders Head Coach Doug Weight quickly challenged Joannette’s ruling, implying that Lee’s stick was not the cause for Holtby’s movement.. After a two minute review the referees confirmed their original finding - no goal New York.
- Only 36 seconds into the second frame Andrew Ladd parked himself on Holtby’s doorstep unimpeded. From there here slapped a Calvin de Haan pass quickly into the net for the two goal lead and breathing room.
- And only 58 seconds later John Tavares received an easy John Bailey pass across the slot and the Islanders’ Captain finished the scoring play perfectly.
- That goal would end the evening for Holtby, as Philipp Grubauer stepped in relief for Barry Trotz’ club.
- Dmitry Orlov would get Washington on the board 8:23 into the third period with a wicked one timer that bested Halak’s glove. The primary assist was provided by Chandler Stephenson who put the puck exactly where Orlov wanted it.
- Grubuer would complete his relief performance with 17 saves on as many shots through 35 minutes of play