The Washington Capitals came back tonight to Verizion Center after a three game road trip, nine of their last eleven have been on the road. Washington attempted to avoid being swept by the New York Islanders for the season for the first time since 1981-82 and succeeded. Thanks to an Alex Ovechkin goal in a shootout the Caps prevailed over the Islanders by a score of 2-1 and now move on up to first place in the Southeast Division for the first time this season.
The first goal of the game and only goal for a while came from Capitals defencemen Mike Green late in the first period, Green extended his consecutive goal streak to four games. Green also leads the league in even strength goals by a defencemen with seven this season. The Caps defeated Islanders veteran goalie Evgeni Nabokov who has always been unstoppable against the Washington with a record of 12-1-2 with two shutouts, averaging 2.17 goals allowed and having a .924 save percentage in 15 career starts before tonight.
Newly acquired Capitals right wing Martin Erat made his debut for the Caps tonight, he only managed to record three hits in 14:43 of ice time. Erat, a long time star of the Nashville Predators was acquired in a trade on Wednesday of this week in which Erat and minor league center Michael Latta were sent to Washington in exchange for Caps top draft pick Filip Forsberg. Erat has scored at least 49 points in each of his eight years in the league.
The Caps next game is scheduled for Saturday night in Florida in which they will face the Panthers, game time is 7:30ET. The Panthers are coming off a shootout victory over Tampa Bay on Tuesday 3-2.
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)