Coming off a 4-2 loss to Toronto last Saturday night and four-day break the Washington Capitals came back home to begin to play three of the next four games at home starting tonight with the struggling New York Islanders. The Caps tonight began the month of December with a tally in the loss column as a third period meltdown after two scoreless periods causes them to get shutout 3-0. Washington drops to 2-4-2 against the Metropolitan Division this season.
The Caps highlight in scoring was when winger Justin Williams’ goal just before the end of the first period was washed out because the puck wasn’t completely cross the goal line before the final horn. Williams set a career-high tonight with _ shots on goal and also took a dirty hit from the Islanders Cam Clutterbuck which did not get called by the ref. Caps goalie Braden Holtby was able to shutout the Isles in the first two periods but would be dominated by New York giving up three goals and ending the night with 25 saves. Holtby lost only his second game in regulation to the Isles in his career (11-2-3). Washington’s power play was completely shutdown as they went 0-for-6 on the night. Winger Jakub Vrana, who was just called up from the minors in Hershey made his NHL debut for the Caps tonight and had four shots on goal.
After two scoreless periods Islanders center Shane Prince scored the first goal of the game at 3:15 into the third period off a misplayed puck by Dmitry Orlov for his 4th goal of the season and his first since November 5th. Winger Brock Nelson add a goal for his first since November 18th, and former Caps winger Jason Chimera would extend the Isles lead 3-0 one minute later. Another former Cap and Isles goalie Jaroslav Halak, who hasn’t played since November 23rd, recorded his first shutout of the season with 38 saves. With this win Halak snaps a five start losing streak.
These two teams will meet again in twelve days, the next game for the Caps will be Saturday night in Tampa Bay when they take on the Lightning. Game time will be 7:00 PM/ET.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).