In the first of a home-and-home series with the New York Islanders the Capitals came to Brooklyn and captured an important two points in regulation with a 7 to 3 win.
Here’s Thursday night's Plus/Minus:
Plus: If you’re a fan of scoring tonight’s first period was perfect hockey. There were tons of chances both ways for both teams and a total of five goals scored.
Minus: The Capitals were outshot by the Islanders in all three periods including a third where Washington only mustered three shots on goal.
Eleven more notes on the game.
- Barely two minutes into the contest the Islanders connected to take an early lead. Brock Nelson took a Tanner Fritz pass in the slot and hammered the puck home with a single touch.
- Lars Eller then connected for his 16th of the season to tie the game at one. Eller took a pass from Jakub Vrana on the wall and whipped a quick shot that bested Christopher Gibson to his stick side.
- Washington would take their first lead minutes later. Andre Burakovsky slid a perfect pass under New York defenseman Brandon Davidson which T.J. Oshie buried under the crossbar. Burakovsky’s speed created the scoring change and Oshie’s skill finished it.
- But the Islanders would knot the game only 60 seconds later. Rookie sensation Mathew Barzal carried the puck into Washington’s zone on a 2 on 1 and lifted a sweet pass to Andrew Ladd, who buried it behind Philipp Grubauer.
- The Capitals would complete the first period’s scoring with 2:43 to play. Dmitry Orlov danced in along the right wall and ripped a shot between Gibson’s shortside leg pad and the post to turn the red light on once again.
- Early in the middle frame Burakovsky tipped a Jakub Jerabek shot from high in the slot that found its way through Oshie’s legs and into New York’s net. Jerabek’s primary assist is his first point with Washington.
- And with a man advantage Nicklas Backstrom extended the Capitals’ lead to three by slapping home a bouncing puck in the slot. That shot, Washington’s 12th of the evening, ended Gibson’s night with Jaroslav Halak taking over the crease at 30:22.
- John Carlson tally next for Washington with a hard shot from the slot that beat Halak off his glove and in. Evgeny Kuznetsov’s secondary assist on the play brought his game total to three.
- Ryan Pulock would tally New York’s final goal of the contest with a wicked slap shot from atop the left faceoff circle with three minutes left to play.
- And with the Islanders’ net empty Oshie deposited the puck into the net for his second goal of the contest and 14th of the season.
- Brooks Orpik was Washington’s only rearguard to end the night with a negative +/- stat (-2).