The Washington Capitals beat the New York Islanders 3-2 in overtime Saturday night. The finish was wild, which was appropriate considering how many crazy finishes there were in college football on Saturday. The game featured two short-handed goals (one by each team) and two goals in the final 2 minutes of regulation, including a short-handed goal with just 49 seconds left. The Islanders had their chances to win and they took the Capitals to overtime, but in the end, the Capitals found a way to win.
The first period featured no scoring. The Capitals were out-shot 15-9 in the first period. Despite the lack of scoring, it was a very fast-paced period of hockey. In fact, at one point, the Capitals and Islanders played over 5 minutes without any stoppages in play, which is quite rare. Both goalies made some impressive saves to keep the game scoreless.
The second period went better for the Caps, as they got a goal from Aaron Volpatti.
Volpatti put in a rebound from Tom Wilson‘s shot. Wilson got a great pass from Martin Erat. That was Volpatti’s 2nd goal of the season, which is a career high for him. Wilson got his 3rd assist of the season and Erat got his 7th of the season.
The third period is when things started getting interesting. The Islanders tied up the game 3:59 into the third period on a Cal Clutterbuck short-handed goal. Things got crazy with 1:51 left in regulation as Thomas Vanek‘s controversial goal put the Islanders up 2-1. Braden Holtby had the puck under his glove, but the refs didn’t stop the play. He was not at all pleased at the refs.
Backstrom’s unlikely short-handed goal tied the game. That was Backstrom’s 6th goal of the year. Jason Chimera got his 11th assist of the season and Karl Alzner got the 5th assist of the season. After that, the game went to overtime. That’s when the great 8 Alex Ovechkin did what he does best: score!
What a goal from Ovechkin, pretending to use a defenseman for a screen and then scoring. That was Ovechkin’s 21st goal of the season. Mikhail Grabovski got his 14th assist of the season and Nate Schmidt got his 4th assist of the season.
Braden Holtby had a terrific game. Playing his second game in as many nights, he stopped 37 of 39 shots and gave the Capitals a great chance to win the game. Tom Wilson played a great game, amassing 6 hits, including this one.
John Carlson deserves a ton of credit for his 24:40 of ice time after playing over 30 minutes Friday night. I can’t say enough about how good he’s been playing this year.
The Capitals’ next game is Tuesday, when they face the Carolina Hurricanes at home.