Snap Shots: Washington Capitals @ New York Islanders – 11/30/13


Nov 29, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano reacts during the first period of a game against the Detroit Red Wings at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Snap Shots, our condensed post-game recap of the New York Islanders latest NHL matchup

Washington Capitals (13-11-2, 28pts) @ New York Islanders (8-15-19pts)

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

7:00pm EST     

Capitals (3) – Islanders (2) F/OT

Starting Lineup

26 Vanek – 91 Tavares – 21 Okposo
40 Grabner – 51 Nielsen – 12 Bailey
96 Bouchard – 16 Regin – 15 Clutterbuck
17 Martin – 53 Cizikas – 13 McDonald

47 MacDonald – 3 Hamonic
14 Hickey – 44 de Haan
55 Ness –  7 Carkner

45 Nilsson
60 Poulin

*Noticeable healthy scratch: Brock Nelson

Game Summary

  • Period one:  No scoring during the period, but plenty of shooting chances and physicality from both teams. Braden Holtby was the more tested goaltender during the first 20:00, but the shots Anders Nilsson played positionally sound against Washington’s attempts. The difference between this evening’s Islanders and that of 24 hours ago is their deliberateness with the puck as the period progressed: much more shooting at toward the opponents neat, not to mention rushing toward the opponent’s crease in hopes of picking up some rebounds. Matt Martin would have the best opportunity of the game thus far, as an aggressive forecheck by Casey Cizikas fed a pass to the high slot area where a trailing Martin would take a shot that went passed the crossbar. The Islanders are playing with a bit more life, but still have yet to score a goal through 7 periods.  SOG  15-9 Islanders
  • Period two:  After a strong first half of the period, the Islanders’ Aaron Ness with a miscue that helps the Capitals to keep the pressure inside the offensive zone, and with the slew of bodies in front, Volpatti is able to bat in the puck for the first notch of the evening. The Isles would have the first PP of the match, but wouldn’t be able to ‘capitalize’ on the opportunity, amid a Kyle Okposo flub and a John Tavares fan attempt; New York would record 5 SOG with the man-advantage. The momentum shifted the Capitals way during the last 10:00, but the Isles would keep pace skating wise, but still doing poorly protecting the high slot area. If not for some imprecise shooting from Washington, the Isles could’ve been down by as much as three.  Overall, the Isles have improved upon the physical aspect of their game, even if their passing out of their own zone still needs major work. And if not for the terrible month they’ve endured, then one could say with confidence that this game is still for them to win.  8 periods without a goal. SOG 12-10 Islanders 
  • Period three: Cal Clutterbuck breaks the scoreless streak with a timely SHG early in the third; credit the strong play by the PK unit who suffocated Alex Ovechkin and forcing the Capitals to make sloppy passes.  Thomas Vanek scores the supposed go-ahead goal with about 2:00 left in the game, but after Michael Grabner forces a penalty with under 2:00, the Isles give up a SHG with seconds left, forcing the game into overtime.  SOG 10-7 Islanders
  • Overtime: Alex Ovechkin beats Anders Nilsson 5-hole for the extra point.



Period 1

  • -0-

Period 2

Period 3




  •  39-30 Islanders

Turning Point

  •  The Nicklas Backstrom SHG broke the Islanders back this evening.

What’s Ahead

  •  The Pittsburgh Penguins come to town this Tuesday. Nothing better to start December with a much needed 2 points against an arch rival.