New York Islanders Defeat Washington 4-3 (OT)

By James McDermott

Tonight the New York Islanders defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3 in overtime. The two points moved the Isles into a tie for first place with the Pittsburgh Penguins at 49 points. This is how the game looked from section 304:

  • Despite the win, this may be the least fulfilling victory of the season. The Isles blew their fourth three goal lead in the last ten games. That is a trend that can not continue if the team wants to be a serious threat in the east. Good teams put teams away, this team must do that.
  • Continuing to dwell on the negative, as only sports fans can; what in the world are Calvin de Haan and Travis Hamonic thinking on the Capitals second goal? de Haan pinched and missed in the neutral zone putting the Caps on a two on one, Hamonic overcommited to Alex Ovechkin leaving Niklas Backstrom with a clear breakaway which he was able to slot passed Jaroslav Halak.
  • There’s nothing that anyone could have done on the Ovechkin goal that knotted the game at 3. What a rip from one of the game’s best pure snipers.
  • I don’t wish injury on any player, ever, but that was a downright dirty play by Brooks Orpik which lead to his injury. Cal Clutterbuck was fortunate to get out of the way.
  • The power play, although they scored two goals, was not as great as that would make it seem. Lubomir Visnovsky‘s goal was extremely fortunate, taking a fluky bounce off of a Capital defender. Johnny Boychuk‘s game winner came with four seconds left on a four minute double major, three minutes of which were in overtime.
  • Let’s get positive now. The first two periods the Isles were the better team.
  • Anders Lee is a menace in front of the net. His deflection on the Isles first was a thing of beauty.
  • Congrats to de Haan on his first goal of the year, a shorthanded blast.
  • Setting up that play was fantastic work by Nikolay Kulemin, who had his best game in a while. He created turnovers all over the ice tonight.
  • Ryan Strome racked up a two point performance, and he earned it.
  • Halak wasn’t spectacular, but it was a welcome sight to see the Slovakian between the pipes for the Isles.
  • Another sellout in the stands. Pat yourselves on the backs, fan base. We deserve it.
  • The Isles are now tied for first place. This is the latest in the season the Isles have had a share of first since February… of 1990.

Please feel free to tell me how you saw this one, or what I missed, in the comments.