The Washington Capitals tonight had the perfect opportunity to capitalize on last Friday’s shootout win in Detroit with a win against the Metropolitan Division last place New York Islanders and blew it. Losing by a score of 1-0 the Caps have now lost seven straight games to Metropolitan Division opponents, their last win came back on December 27th against the Rangers by a score of 3-2. They also continue to be winless when scoring two or less goals in a game (0-19-5). After dropping the first two meetings with the Caps, the Islanders snap a five game losing streak with this victory.
Islanders veteran goalie Evgeni Nabokov, who has been very hot in the previous two games stopping 65 of 70 shots, recorded 22 saves tonight and a shutout. This comes as no surprise as Nabokov has always been successful whenever he plays the Caps, he has a record now of 13-2-3 after tonight. Tonight’s lone goal came from the Islanders Andrew MacDonald on a snap shot in the third period to seal the deal for New York.
Caps goalie Michael Neuvirth despite giving up a very crucial goal recorded 27 saves on the night. Neuvirth came into tonight undefeated when playing the Islanders but of course that streak was snapped. Both teams power play and penalty kill units were used a lot tonight as there were 11 total penalties between the two teams tonight and 36 total penalty minutes which is 60 percent of the total minutes in one hockey game.
The Caps and Islanders will meet one last time on April 5th in New York at 5:00pm/ET. Washington has two more games remaining until the Olympic break with the next game coming on Thursday night against the Winnipeg Jets at the Verizion Center at 7:00pm/ET.
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)