Wasted opportunity: Islanders beat Caps 4-1

The Washington Capitals hosted the New York Islanders for their final home game of the season on Tuesday night. Without Alex Ovechkin in the lineup, the Caps seemed to miss all of their Spicywhich is a fun word to say and spell, unlike that hockey game, which sucked to watch and recap.

Conor Sheary kicked things off by deflecting Marcus Johansson’s shot for his 19th goal of the season. Ryan Pulock responded with a monster power play goal. After a scoreless second period, Noah Dobson scored a game-winning goal past Trevor van Riemsdyk’s leg. Then Dmitry Orlov and Ilya Samsonov miscommunicated behind the net and allowed a shorthanded goal to Casey Cizikas. Anders Lee had a great outing to make it 4-1.

Caps lose.

  • Another night, another disallowed goal. This time it was Kyle Palmieri, whose magnificent streak was called off due to interference from Zach Parise’s goalie. This means, according to the laws of space-time, that Nick Jensen be totally worked out before the goal technically occurs.
  • TJ Oshie blocked a shot in the second period, an 81 mph slapper on his toe. Oshie played his shift, walked off the ice to thunderous applause, then was examined by the athletic trainer in the locker room. He returned to play at the same time. We really don’t want to see bumps and bruises like this so late in the season, especially for skillful, injury-prone players.
  • Alex Ovechkin missed the game due to the upper body injury he sustained against the Leafs, but was still in attendance for a pre-game ceremony.
  • We have a namedrop.
  • With Ovechkin out, one player who came forward was Conor Sheary. The little man played big minutes with the Kuznetsov line. Meanwhile, the nominal replacement of Ovechkin by Backstrom was Connor McMichaeland that combo didn’t exactly excel as McMichael played for the first time in over two weeks.
  • I’m really interested in how the fourth line is doing. They were so good in their assignment against Toronto’s bottom line in the last game. Tonight they had Barzal duty, and they got roasted on the spit.
  • I looked for it. The first use of Spicy was supposedly in Harper’s Bazaar in the 1930s, describing what certain scotch can do to a cocktail. RMNB can be educational.
  • Either way, I was done Ilya Samsonov in May of last year so I have nothing to say about his puck tracking, his stick handling or his decisions behind the goal line which you shouldn’t dismiss out of hand because of the bias of The source. But yuck, this guy is unplayable, and the club wasted a lot of time convincing themselves otherwise.

Truly disappointing performance against a weak opponent, missing a chance to overtake the Penguins. The Oilers really worked them tonight on the outside scoreboard presented by Weyland Yutani.

The Capitals will face the Islanders again on Thursday, but it will be on the road. Then it’s the season finale at MSG. Then the real game begins. Looks like the Hurricanes and Rangers will go one-two in the Metropolitan Division. The Caps and Penguins will battle it out for third place through this weekend.

Now let’s see how Dallas-Vegas fares.

Comments are closed.