Daniel Sprong scored two times in injured Alex Ovechkin’s position on Washington’s most sensible line, Ilya Samsonov made 21 saves and the Capitals beat the New York Islanders 6-Three Saturday evening.
Evgeny Kuznetsov had a target and two assists, and Nic Dowd, Garnet Hathaway and T.J. Oshie additionally scored because the Capitals received for the second one time in 3 nights at Nassau Coliseum.
Washington, which additionally received 1-Zero in a shootout on Thursday, remained in first position within the tight East Department, one level forward of second-place Pittsburgh. The Islanders are in 1/3, two issues at the back of the Penguins, and 3 forward of Boston.
“We generated some probabilities early within the recreation and that gave us momentum,” Kuznetsov mentioned. “If we are lacking a participant like Alex, we need to step up.”
The Capitals additionally advanced to 17-7-2 at the street, one win forward of Winnipeg for essentially the most street wins this season. The Capitals have received 5 of 7 conferences with the Islanders, and the groups meet for the overall time all the way through the common season Tuesday in Washington.
“It was once a tricky recreation for us,″ Islanders trainer Barry Trotz mentioned. “We dug ourselves a little bit little bit of hollow, discovered our approach out of it, then we put ourselves proper again in a hollow.”
Anthony Beauvillier, Adam Pelech and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Islanders. Ilya Sorokin completed with 24 saves.
Ovechkin overlooked the competition with a lower-body damage. It was once the primary recreation Ovechkin overlooked because of damage all the way through the abbreviated 56-game season. The 35-year-old Ovechkin — 6th at the all-time objectives checklist at 730 — additionally overlooked 4 video games previous whilst at the league’s COVID-19 checklist. The Capitals have been 3-0-1 in the ones 4 recreation, together with two wins over the Islanders.
“We have been in a position to stay the strains intact and get contributions from all over,″ Capitals trainer Peter Laviolette mentioned.
Ovechkin has 24 objectives in 43 video games this season. He hadn’t overlooked a recreation as a result of an damage since March 2015 and has overlooked simply 18 video games all the way through his 16-year occupation as a result of he was once harm.
Sprong had his earlier two-goal recreation towards the Islanders in January 2018 when he taking part in for Pittsburgh. Laviolette mentioned was once assured putting Sprong — a wholesome scratch on Thursday — in Ovechkin’s spot in a pinch and gratified with the outcome.
“He performed an actual just right recreation,” Laviolette added. “He was once bad. He was once attacking the sport with pace as neatly.”
Samsonov advanced to 13-3-1 this season and passed the Islanders simply their 1/3 legislation loss in 25 house video games (19-3-3). Samsonov additionally earned the shutout win over the Islanders on Thursday. The 24-year-old netminder hasn’t ever began greater than 3 instantly video games.
Trailing 2-1 after 20 mins, the Islanders tied at 7:37 of the second one as Pelech shocked Samsonov with an extended slap shot on a coast-to-coast effort. It was once his 1/3 target of the season and primary short-handed tally of his occupation.
Dowd put the Capitals again forward for just right with 7:39 left within the duration when his prime shot from the left faceoff circle eluded Sorokin. Sprong prolonged the result in 4-2 about 2 1/2 mins later. Defenseman Brendan Dillon assisted on each objectives.
Pageau introduced the Islanders inside of one with a power-play target with 2:48 last in the second one.
On the other hand, the Capitals maintained drive within the 1/3 and added to their lead. Kuznetsov added his 9th of the season at 7:35 when his prime shot eluded Sorokin, who had a troublesome evening whilst falling to 12-5-1 at the season.
Sprong added his moment of the competition and 9th of the season with 5:17 last to finish the scoring.
“I assumed our line created so much probabilities from the beginning,” Sprong mentioned. “We clicked beautiful neatly. We simply must construct on it.”
Hathaway notched his 5th of the season 2:33 into the sport when his angled shot from the left nook eluded Sorokin. Oshie made it 2-Zero at 10:55 together with his 17th target.
Beauvillier were given the Islanders at the scoreboard with a power-play target with Five 1/2 mins left in te opening duration as he knocked a free puck previous Samsonov for this 10th.
Pageau mentioned he was once satisfied the groups would play once more following his squad’s irritating house loss.
“The great factor is we’ve got a possibility to return to Washington and with a bit of luck thieve the 2 issues,” he mentioned. “We simply have to concentrate on what we need to do. After we play and consider each and every different, that’s once we are at our perfect.”
Capitals defenseman Zdeno Chara performed his 1,600th occupation recreation, 13th-most in NHL historical past. The 44-year-old Chara, a third-round variety by way of the Islanders in 1996, is in his first season with Washington after 14 seasons with the Boston Bruins. The 6-foot-Nine blueliner received the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011 and helped the Bruins achieve the finals in 2013 and 2019. Chara additionally received the Norris Trophy because the NHL’s most sensible defenseman in 2009 and is the 5th defenseman to achieve the video games milestone.
The Islanders have 3 gamers with lively consecutive recreation streaks of a minimum of 240 video games: Brock Nelson at 293, Mathew Barzal with 280, Ryan Pulock at 242. All 3 gamers have seemed in each and every recreation since Trotz changed into the Isles’ trainer to begin the 2018-19 season.