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Capitals vs. Islanders Recap: Washington Falls in New York

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A Mat Barzal hat trick powers the Islanders to an 8 to 4 win over Washington.

Washington Capitals v New York Islanders Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

In a wild twelve goal game the Islanders upset the Capitals 8 to 4 in New York.

Here’s Thursday night’s Plus/Minus:

Plus: Daniel Sprong scored his seventh goal of the season and continues to look like an everyday NHL player.

Minus: Washington’s first period defense in front of their goaltenders.

Nine more notes on the game:

  1. 30 seconds into the contest Ilya Samsonov was accidentally dropped by T.J. Oshie behind his net. The head contact necessitated a break with Vitek Vanacek skating for
  2. 31 seconds later John Carlson put the Capitals ahead with a heavy shot from the slot. Tom Wilson delivered the puck to Carlson and he wired a shot over Semyon Varlamov’s left shoulder.
  3. The Islanders would respond though, returning the scoring favor at the five minute mark. Jordan Eberle took a cross ice pass and finished from fifteen feet out.
  4. Eberle’s goal was followed by home team goals from Mat Barzal and Brock Nelson. Varlamov made his return to the game and the crease between the tallies.
  5. Sprong temporarily halted the bleeding 22 seconds later. A clean faceoff win from Lars Eller allowed Sprong some space to launch a shot that beat Varlamov short side.
  6. Barzal would add a second first period goal to close out the opening twenty minutes of scoring. The Islanders (13) nearly doubled Washington (7) in shots on goal.
  7. The teams split four second period goals from Casey Cizikas, Oshie, Eberle, and Carlson. Oshie’s goal was his tenth of the season.
  8. Josh Bailey scored early in the third period to cease any idea of a Capitals comeback.
  9. Barzal would complete the hat trick with 66 seconds left in the game. His home run swing made contact on a waist high puck that found twine.