Thursday, January 20, 2011

Game #48 Recap: Caps 2 New York Islanders 1

Well they finally did it! A goal by Jason Chimera gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead after one period of play. Chimera converted a nice passing play from Alex Ovechkin took a drop pass from Nicklas Backstrom and hit Chimera at the front of the net. The Caps scored again at the beginning of the second period when Backstrom passed to Ovechkin who drove the net from the left wing. Ovechkin was denied but the rebound sat in the crease and Backstrom put the puck into the empty net for a 2-0 lead. It was Backstrom's first goal in 21 games. Nice to have you back Nicky. The Isles responded shortly thereafter when John Carlson misplayed the puck allowing a breakaway that rookie goaltender Braden Holtby couldn't stop. Holtby was recalled yesterday after Michal Nuevirth suffered a lower body injury in the Tuesday's game against the Flyers. The rookie played well stopping 24 of 25 shots in the victory. The Caps held off the Islanders the rest of the game including killing off 6 New York power plays. The road continues for the Caps who now head to Toronto for a Saturday game with the Leafs.

Of Note:
  • The Capitals have scored 3 or fewer goals in 12 consecutive games. They have a 6-2-4 record over those 12 games.
  • Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin were the 1st and 2nd Stars of the game. Its good to see them leading the action again. Backstrom had 1 goal and 1 assist while Ovechkin had two assists.
  • The Capitals dominated the face-off dot winning 34 and losing 21 draws. Boyd Gorden went 12-2 and Backstrom was 10-4. No Islander was above 47%.
  • Mike Green led all players in ice time, 27:40, and blocked shots, 7.
  • The Capitals stopped all 6 power plays they faced but could not covert on 2 of their own power plays.
  • John Carlson picked up a secondary assist on the Backstrom goal.
  • Scott Hannan was +1.
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