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by Matthew Tate on 11/30/13 at 10:48 PM ET
The Washington Capitals overcame a late goal to best the Islanders 3-2 in overtime tonight. After Thomas Vanek scored with less than two minutes to go, the Capitals scored a late shorthanded goal and took both points thanks to Alexander Ovechkin's 14th overtime goal. The win moves the Capitals into clear second place in the Metropolitan division. On to the reCap.
Washington Goals: Volpatti 2 (Wilson, Erat); Backstrom 6 SH (Chimera, Alzner); Ovechkin 21 (Grabovski, Schmidt)
Braden Holtby: WIN; 37 Saves; 2 Goals Allowed
New York Goals: Clutterbuck 3 SH (MacDonald, Cizikas); Vanek 8 (Tavares, Okposo)
Anders Nilsson: OT LOSS; 27 Saves; 3 Goals Allowed
That is what we refer to as stealing points.
In what had to be a bit awkward, the Capitals dressed both Martin Erat and Dmitry Orlov tonight. Orlov was somewhat expected given the benching of Alexander Urbom for a good portion of the Montreal game. To make room for this call-up (along with Gruabauer), the Caps were forced to send Michael Latta back down. With Laich still not ready to go, that mean Martin Erat was given a sweater for the first time since publicly asking to be traded. Speaking more specifically about Erat, I always wonder whether or not a player in that position is looking to impress interested teams or looking to prove themselves to their current team. Either way, I'm sure his assist on the opening goal will give him a feeling of success.
When these two teams met last month, the Capitals cashed in on four power plays. Tonight, they were a -1 on the power play as a blue line turnover by Green led to an Islander shorthanded goal. It was the third shortie the Caps have given up this season. That's not going to help Green in his earning his old job back as the power play QB.
I know I only have to watch a couple games per season, but I cannot wait until the Islanders move to the Barclays Center in 2015. The Coliseum just does not make for good viewing. The worst part has to be the terrible blue or red tint that the down low cameras have. It looks like somebody has forgotten to take the protective plastic off the glass. The one upside is it makes you forget how awful the Islanders' alternate jerseys are.
Tonight was the 19th time this season the Capitals have been outshot. It was the 23rd time they have given up 30+ shots.
I have to say that it was a truly terrible call on Vanek's
game winner goal. Holtby clearly had the puck covered, only to have the puck knocked out (Schmidt or Tavares) for Vanek to put in the empty net.
Michal Neuvirth, who tweaked his right leg stepping on to the ice for warm-ups last night, has no timetable for return. Philip Grubauer was recalled from Hershey to back up Braden Holtby. Given the current form the Capitals are in, I do not foresee Grubauer getting a shot unless Neuvirth is out for a considerable time. This isn't the time to gauge his development.
The Caps, who tend to share the shorthanded workload among the forwards, have committed to only four defenseman for the penalty kill. Mike Green and Dmitry Orlov did not see any shorthanded time. Orlov, along with Aaron Volpatti, did not see any ice time on either special teams. They may like Orlov more like Urbom right now, but they don't like him that much.
The Capitals get a couple of nights off before starting their December schedule on Tuesday when they welcome Carolina to Washington for the start of a five-game homestand.
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