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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The teams split four second period goals from Casey Cizikas, Oshie, Eberle, and Carlson. Oshie’s goal was his tenth of the season.
- Josh Bailey scored early in the third period to cease any idea of a Capitals comeback.
- 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.