The Islanders played a weakened Caps team Tuesday night. The Capitals lost four of their key players to the Covid-19 list last week. Players include Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ilya Samsonov, and Dmitry Orlov. The Islanders looked to get back in the win column as they found themselves outside of the playoff picture following a loss to the Devils.
Caps Capitalize On The Powerplay
After around ten minutes of scoreless hockey, Matt Martin takes a penalty. The Capitals were able to fire it in the back of the net off a rebound. John Carlson was credited with the goal, getting the Capitals their first lead of the night. In the later moments of the first period, the Islanders got a lucky bounce to tie up the score. Noah Dobson fired the puck from the point and deflected off of an opponent’s skate. The change of direction caught goaltender Vitek Vanecek off guard.
Even After Two Periods of Play
The Islanders were able to strike first in the second. Mathew Barzal was open in the slot and fired it home. Vanecek had no chance. Later in the period, the Caps even the score. Daniel Sprong was being pressured by multiple Islanders off the rush. Despite having a very narrow shooting lane, Sprong fired it top-shelf to even the score moments before the conclusion of the second.
Caps Win It With Under A Minute Remaining
Off the rush, the Capitals score with the clock against them. With 27 seconds remaining, Justin Schultz fired on the net and got his team a late lead. The urgency of Schultz to score led to a late push that the Islanders simply could not come back from. In conclusion, the Islanders simply did not perform against a severely weakened team. Also, the bench for the Caps got smaller as the game went along: Lars Eller left the game early and Nicklas Backstrom spent some time in the dressing room as well. It is extremely disappointing that the Islanders failed to get even one point against a Caps team that is nowhere near full strength. However, the Islanders have an opportunity to bounce back Thursday night. Can they do it? Leave your thoughts in the comments section down below.