Ovechkin, Caps rout Islanders 6-2
What’s up with the second period? It has become nothing short of a flood gate for Caps’ goals. For the second consecutive game, the Caps bombarded their opponent with 5 goals in the second period, as the Caps went on to rout New York 6-2. After missing two games to an upper-body injury, Alexander Ovechkin returned to the lineup and scored twice to help lift the Capitals.
Washington went into the first period down 1-0after a John Tavares goal midway through the first period. The Caps and Isles knotted the period at 11-11 with shots on net.
Defenseman John Carlson kicked off the 5 goal second period with a bomb from the blue line that knotted the game at 1-1. After starting off the season dry, Carlson scored his unassisted goal just over three minutes into the second period. Carlson has now scored in consecutive games. Al little over a minute later, Ovehkin tallied his first of the game on the Washington power play. It was a typical Ovi power play goal, fed from the left of the goalie by Nicklas Backstrom. The goal was Ovechkin’s 11th of the season, his fifth power play goal of the season, and gave the Caps a 2-1 lead. Kyle Okposo quickly tied the game at 2-2 with his fifth goal of the game and the finally tally of the evening for the Islanders.
Marcus Johansson scored a little over the five minute mark of the second period, on another Washington man advantage, to give the Caps a 3-2 lead. The Johansson goal was assisted by Troy Brouwer and Backstrom. Alexander Urbom made it a three gaol lead, when he took a rebounded pass from Tom Wilson and buried a bullet past Evgeni Nabakov. It was Urbom’s first goal as a Washington Captial and Tom Wilson’s first NHL point of his career. Steve Oleksy added his fourth helper of the season. The Urbom marker gave the Capitals a 4-2 lead. Ovechkin rounded out the second period scoring with his 12th of the season, again, on the Washington power play.
The Caps added insult to injury with one more goal in the third period, scored by Tom Wilson, the first goal of his NHL career and second point of the game. Braden Holtby stopped 34 of 36 shots to improve to 6-5 on the season. He has now won 6 of his last 7 games.
Washington’s special teams are on fire. The Caps’ power play was 4 for 6 last night. Quite deadly. Meanwhile, the PK unit was a perfect 5 for 5. The Caps have the top power play unit int he NHL with an impressive 27.9% conversion percentage. Not surprising. More surprising than that is the Caps penalty kill unit is also tops in the NHL, killing 91.5% of opposing power plays.
Nicklas Backstrom, 3 assists
Marcus Johansson, 1 goal and 1 assist
Alexander Ovechkin, 2 goals, 1 assist
Tom Willson, 1 goal, 1 assist
* Nicklas Backstrom has a THREE game scoring streak.
Red hot Nicklas Backstrom has had a very fine three consecutive game scoring romp. Over the last three games, Backstrom has tallied a total of 7 points (3G, 4A) with 2 three point games. John Carlson has 2 goals, 10 blocks, and 12 hits in the past three games. Alexander Urbom had an active night, scoring his first goal as a Capital, adding 3 hits, 1 block, and 4 shots on goal. Kudos to young Tom Wilson on tallying his first point and goal of his young NHL career. Despite missing the past two games, Alex Ovechkin is still 7th overall in the NHL in points, second in goals scored, and first overall in power play goals. Backstrom leads the NHL in power play assists.