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Capitals 3, Islanders 2 (OT)

Saturday, 11.30.2013 / 10:38 PM

Cory Wright

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Capitals 3, Islanders 2 (OT)
Washington Capitals 3, New York Islanders 2
Three Stars of the Game
Alex Ovechkin
Alex Ovechkin
G: 1Shots: 7
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 20:27
Nicklas Backstrom
Nicklas Backstrom
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:18
Cal Clutterbuck
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 14:45

The Islanders earned one point Saturday night, but fell just short of a second, losing 3-2 in overtime to the Washington Capitals at Nassau Coliseum.

Thomas Vanek gave the Islanders the lead with 1:51 to go in the third, but Nick Backstrom’s shorthanded goal forced OT, setting up Alex Ovechkin for the winner 2:07 into the extra frame.

“We sat back for no reason,” Vanek said. “We should have taken it to them for 60 minutes and not 59.”

The Islanders battled back from a one-goal deficit, scored twice in the third period, outshot the Capitals 39-30 and scored their first shorthanded goal since Oct. 26, making the loss even tougher to swallow for head coach Jack Capuano.

“It’s frustrating,” he said. “The effort was there tonight… It’s frustrating that it had to end that way.”

With the Capitals net empty and Mike Green in the box, Karl Alzner sent the puck down low to Jason Chimera, who chipped it out to an unguarded Backstrom in front of the net. The all star one-timed the puck past Anders Nilsson, tying the score with 48.9 seconds to go.

The Islanders still had a 4-on-3 power play for the first 50 seconds of overtime, but could not convert the winner. A minute after the penalty expired, Ovechkin chipped the puck to himself in the slot and batted in his 21st goal of the season, his fifth-career overtime winner against the Islanders.

There were other positives to take out of the game, as the Isles outhit the Caps 30-22 and won 58 percent of the faceoffs.

“We played on our toes,” Capuano said. “We were moving our feet, we were doing some good things and that’s a step in the right direction. Guys have to stick with it, they can’t get down and have to continue to believe.”

Midway through the game, Capitals grinder Aaron Volpatti broke the scoreless deadlock, banging a loose puck past rookie Anders Nilsson in a goal-mouth scramble. The Islanders responded with good pressure in the Capitals zone and had several grade-A chances, but puck-luck and the first goal eluded the Islanders.

Cal Clutterbuck put the Islanders on the board with a shorthanded breakaway four minutes into the third period. Clutterbuck made no mistake on his third goal of the season, streaking in and shooting five-hole on Braden Holtby.

Holtby finished with 37 saves, while Nilsson stopped 27 in his first start of the season. Calvin de Haan made his 2013-14 debut, blocking two shots and skating to an even rating over 20:07.

The Islanders wrap up a four-game homestand Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.

New York Islanders Lines:


26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo

40 Michael Grabner– 51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey

96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard – 16 Peter Regin – 15 Cal Clutterbuck

17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald


47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic

14 Thomas Hickey – 44 Calvin de Haan

55 Aaron Ness – 7 Matt Carkner


45 Anders Nilsson

60 Kevin Poulin

Washington Capitals Lines:


90 Marcus Johansson – 19 Nicklas Backstrom – 8 Alex Ovechkin

16 Eric Fehr – 84 Mikhail Grabovski – 20 Troy Brouwer

25 Jason Chimera – 83 Jay Beagle – 42 Joel Ward

24 Aaron Volpatti – 10 Martin Erat – 43 Tom Wilson


27 Karl Alzner – 52 Mike Green

88 Nate Schmidt – 74 John Carlson

81 Dimitri Orlov – 23 Tyson Strachan


70 Braden Holtby

Philipp Grubauer

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Aaron Volpatti (2) ASST: Tom Wilson (3), Martin Erat (7)
1 - 0 WSH
3rd Period
SHG - Cal Clutterbuck (3) ASST: Andrew MacDonald (7), Casey Cizikas (4)
1 - 1 Tie
Thomas Vanek (8) ASST: John Tavares (19), Kyle Okposo (17)
2 - 1 NYI
SHG - Nicklas Backstrom (6) ASST: Jason Chimera (11), Karl Alzner (5)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
Alex Ovechkin (21) ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (14), Nate Schmidt (4)
3 - 2 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Jay Beagle  Hooking against  Michael Grabner
3rd Period
Pierre-Marc Bouchard  Interference against  Joel Ward
Mike Green  Interference against  Michael Grabner
OT Period
goalie stats
Braden Holtby
Braden Holtby
SA: 39TOI: 62:07
Saves: 37EV: 33 - 34
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .949SH: 0 - 1
Anders Nilsson
Anders Nilsson
SA: 30TOI: 62:07
Saves: 27EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .900SH: 2 - 3
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