For the first time this season the Capitals and Islanders squared off as East Division foes and it was Washington winning 3 to 2 in regulation.
Here’s Tuesday night’s Plus/Minus:
Plus: Registering Barry Trotz’s first loss at Capital One Arena with the Islanders.
Minus: Washington was only able to draw two penalties which continues a worrisome start.
Ten more notes on the game:
- A couple of key forwards were kept out a few minutes before puck drop: Anthony Beauvillier for the Islanders and Tom Wilson for the Capitals. Wilson missed his second straight game with a lower body injury.
- Eleven minutes into the first period John Carlson spotted Washington their first lead of the evening. With Matt Martin serving a tripping minor Carlson pushed the puck past Semyon Varlamov from the goaltender’s right side.
- Just a little later though Anders Lee would return the favor for the Islanders. From fifteen feet out Lee deflected a Noah Dobson shot that eluded Vitek Vanecek.
- Midway through the contest (29:59) Mathew Barzal put New York ahead. A turnover by Zdeno Chara allowed Barzal to jump on the puck and whip it into the net.
- But before the second frame came to its end Daniel Sprong knotted the score at two. From the slot Sprong ripped a high and hard shot past Varlomov’s ear for his first with Washington.
- Leo Komarov drilled Lars Eller from behind in the third period and injured the Capitals center. A major penalty was assessed and Eller would not return.
- With the five minute man advantage Washington generated little offense with no sustained pressure. Through sixty minutes of play the teams remained tied.
- In the final rush of regulation Schultz fired home his first with the Capitals to provide the margin of victory. A sharp pass from Garnet Hathaway gave Schultz some time in the slot with the puck and he did not miss his chance.
- Kieffer Bellows made his debut against his Dad Brian’s old franchise. Brian Bellows played parts of two seasons with Washington which included 13 playoff points with the 1998 Eastern Conference Championship team.
- Drawing into Washington’s lineup for the first time this season were Daniel Carr and Michael Sgarbossa. Carr registered an assist on Sprong’s goal and Sgarbossa put two shots on net.