Islanders Vs. Capitals: Alex Ovechkin's Overtime Goal Caps Stunning Comeback 2-1 Win

Alex Ovechkin's goal in overtime gave the Capitals a stunning 2-1 win over the New York Islanders. The Capitals tied the game in the game's final minute, then won it in overtime.

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Islanders Vs. Capitals: New-Look Capitals Set The Tone Right Away In Overtime Win

Washington DC-There were easily half-a-dozen storylines in the Capitals 2-1 overtime win against the New York Islanders Tuesday night. New faces contributed, old ones saved the day, and Washington won in overtime for the first time since November 28th.

Alex Ovechkin's game-winner showcased his finesse and strength as he deked around a defender and subsequently created space by muscling him away. Islanders goalie Nathan Lawson, a rock through the bulk of regulation, was no match for Ovechkin's backhander.

"That was quite a goal," Brooks Laich said. "Special players make those plays."

Ovechkin might have been special in overtime, but he would never have had such an opportunity if not for Laich's heroics with 48 seconds to play. Down 1-0, the newly acquired Jason Arnott fed Laich a pass in front which the latter buried to give the Capitals their first home goal in the last 178:06 of play.

"I saw Ovie put it around the net and I saw Brooksie going to the net and just tried to slide it to him," said Arnott. "It went to him and he made a great play and put it in."

Arnott was brought in by George McPhee to distribute the puck to Laich and fellow linemate Alex Semin. One play isn't indicative of how Arnott will fare, but McPhee had to be excited when he witnessed the 36-year old veteran provide a lift at the right time.

Yet before Laich's goal, the Capitals disturbing trend of poor play lasted deep into the third period. Unlike in previous games however, Washington found a way to seize control late and beat a goalie who seemed poised to hand them their tenth shutout loss of the season.

"I thought [the win] was very important [for morale]," said Bruce Boudreau. "We scored one goal in 11 periods at home. It's important to get the idea that teams can't come into this building and win so easily.

Michal Neuvirth kept things close after Matt Moulson put the Islanders up 1-0 in the second period. He had 28 saves on the night including a dazzling stop on a late power play to keep the Islanders from adding an insurance tally. The victory gives him 20 wins on the season.

Neuvirth had plenty of help from another newcomer in Dennis Wideman. The defenseman impressed in his first game with the Caps, skating for a team-high 26:44 and making several great plays in his own end. However, he was aware the team as a whole needs to play more consistently.

"I think we kind of backed off a little bit [after the first period]. We tried to get a little cuter instead of dumping it in behind him," he said. "But we hung in there. Games like that turn things around and hopefully we can build off that and go forward."

It wasn't the complete effort everyone has been clamoring to see from the Capitals, but the win represents a step in the right direction for a Capitals team that would have packed it in just a week ago under similar circumstances. Instead they dug deep and rediscovered the late game magic that made them so special a year ago.


Islanders Vs. Capitals: Alex Ovechkin's Overtime Goal Concludes Stunning 2-1 Comeback Win

Washington DC-Expectations were high entering tonight's Capitals game against the New York Islanders. Fresh off several big moves at the trade deadline, Washington was hoping to start the homestretch off with a bang in preparation for a Stanley Cup run. For the first 59:12, it was anything but an inspired performance.

However, Brooks Laich netted the game-tying goal with 48 seconds remaining, setting the stage for Alex Ovechkin.

Ovechkin scored his 25th goal at 1:55 into the overtime session on a crafty backhander and the Capitals won 2-1 in rousing fashion to redeem themselves in front of a home crowd.

The recent acquisitions of Jason Arnott, Dennis Wideman, and Marco Sturm provided an initial jolt as the Caps came out with some pep in their step, outshooting the Islanders 10-1 midway through the first. Sturm had a breakaway chance right off the bat, but his bid was stopped by Nathan Lawson as the Caps thoroughly outskated New York out of the gate.

Yet Washington's early burst of energy fizzled out at the first period horn. The Islanders were able to hold Washington off thanks to a pair of power plays, but the Caps fifth ranked PK unit rebounded from its recent slump to keep the game scoreless.

New York broke through at 10:08 of the second period with a Matt Moulson marker. John Carlson turned the puck over and PA Parenteau found Moulson for an easy goal on a two-on-one chance and the Islanders headed to the dressing room up 1-0 after two.

Michal Neuvirth made a dazzling save of his own on a late power play to keep Washington in it, and stopped 28 shots in the win.

The Capitals hadn't scored a goal at the Verizon Center since Alex Ovechkin's first period tally against the Kings and once Laich crashed the net to tie it, the weight was visibly lifted off their shoulders.


Islanders Vs. Capitals: Starting Lineup

Via Washington Post, below is tonight's starting lineup for the Washington Capitals as they prepare to face off against the New York Islanders at Verizon Center. Tuesday will mark the respective debuts of recently-acquired players Marco Sturm, Dennis Wideman and Jason Arnott.




Scratches: Semyon Varlamov (knee), Jay Beagle (upper-body), D.J. King and Tyler Sloan.


Islanders Vs. Capitals: New-Look Caps Face Islanders For Second Time In Four Days

The Washington Capitals and New York Islanders played Saturday in a game that the Caps would win by a 3-2 score. Suffice to say, the Islanders will be seeing a much-different Caps team Tuesday when the two teams meet again at Verizon Center.

Monday's trade deadline came and went and with it came three new players. The Caps claimed Marco Sturm off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings Saturday and acquired Dennis Wideman from the Florida Panthers and Jason Arnott from the New Jersey Devils Monday. All three could be in the lineup for Washington Tuesday.

Mike Green, however, will not be in the lineup and won't be for several weeks. After missing several games earlier this month after taking a puck to the head February 6, Green only lasted 2:25 Friday against the New York Rangers before taking a Derek Stepan elbow to the head. Wideman should replace Green for the time being.

Neither team has played since Saturday's game, but Washington has plenty of action ahead. The Caps will play nine games in the next 15 days, including two sets of back-to-back games.

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