Special teams give Caps the edge over Islanders
Instant analysis of the Capitals 6-2 win over the New York Islanders Tuesday night at Verizon Center:
How it happened: Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of power-play goals and assisted on Tom Wilson’s first career goal to lead the Caps to the rout. The Caps exploded for five of their six goals in the second period and netted four goals on the power play.
What it means: The Caps improved to 8-7-0 and climbed over the Islanders in the Metropolitan Division standings with 16 points.
Save of the Night: With 4:54 gone in the third period Braden Holtby snatched a batted puck from Casey Cizikas out of the air to draw chants of “Holt-by” from the crowd.
Bomb of the Night: Caps defenseman Alex Urbom teed up on a long pass from Tom Wilson and blasted his first goal in a Washington uniform past Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov, who is 16 years his senior. If that puck was a golf ball, it would still be airborne.
Assist of the Night: Take your pick. Tom Wilson from the seat of his pants for his first career NHL point? Or Marcus Johansson’s threaded needle pass to Alex Ovechkin for his second power play goal of the night? For historical purposes, we’ll take Wilson’s.
Look ahead: The Capitals have scheduled an 11 a.m. practice Wednesday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. They conclude their three-game homestand Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild, then hit the road for weekend games in Phoenix [Saturday] and Colorado [Sunday].