Capitals Vs. Islanders: Washington Grabs 2 Points On The Road, Beats Islanders 3-2

A goal and an assist from Brooks Laich helped the Capitals bounce back against New York's other team after a 6-0 loss to the Rangers on Friday night.

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Capitals Vs. Islanders: Caps Come Back To Beat The Islanders 3-2

Good goaltending from Michal Neuvirth and good skating all around helped the Washington Capitals earn their sixth straight win at the Nassau Coliseum. The team trailed for almost the entire game, but Brooks Laich started the scoring with a strong goal in the second period, and assisted on the tying goal in the third.

The Capitals tied the game early in the third period on a goal by Mike Knuble. Marcus Johansson started the play, utilizing his speed to take the puck behind Al Montoya's net. Jonahnsson found Laich on the wing, who fed the puck to Knuble in front for the score.

Just over three minutes later, Washington earned its first lead of the night. Alexander Semin scored an attractive goal as he placed a wrist-shot past Montoya to put the Capitals on top, which is where they would stay.

Earning two points out of a possible four from the team's two-game meeting with teams from New York is nothing to frown about. Tonight's win might not necessarily erase the awful memories of yesterday's 6-0 loss to the New York Rangers, but it certainly helps our place in the standings.

The same two teams will meet again on Tuesday night, but this time the Capitals will be in the friendly confines of the Verizon Center.


Capitals Vs. Islanders: Washington Looks To Bounce Back Against New York's Other Team

One day after their second straight embarrassingly ugly loss on the road to the New York Rangers, the Washington Capitals remain in the Empire State tonight to take on the New York Islanders, with hopes of improvement.

Tonight's game may not have started off as poorly as the last, but the Capitals found themselves down early, facing a 1-0 deficit at the end of the first period. Kyle Oksopo scored his third goal of the season for the Islanders with 13:48 gone in the game, and continued their scoring in the early stages of the second period as Travis Hamonic intercepted a John Carlson clearance and scored an unassisted goal through traffic to double the Islanders' lead.

The Capitals looked much sharper in the second period though, and look to be on their way back if they can keep up their aggression. Brooks Laich cut New York's lead in half at the midway point of the game, putting the puck between the legs of Islanders goaltender Al Montoya. Washington outshot the Islanders 10-8 in the second period, and will need to keep the pressure on to get a win tonight on the road.

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