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Islanders Win Streak Ends in Shootout Loss to Capitals

By Matt O'Leary
New York Islanders v Washington Capitals
New York Islanders v Washington Capitals / Rob Carr/GettyImages
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The New York Islanders went down to the Capital to see if they could extend their win streak to four games. It didn't start great for New York though as the Islanders were flat in the first.

Anthony Mantha got the Caps on the board after a turnover from the Islanders as they found themselves down 1-0 after one. They led the way with shots but especially early on the Islanders looked a little lost.

The second period went much better. Brock Nelson got this game tied up at one with a beauty of a goal.

Nelson is now up to 24 goals on the season and seems well on his way to a career year for him in the goals department. It appeared like Washington took the lead again but the Islanders challenged for offside and it couldn't have been more clear that the play was offside.

The hockey gods were on the Isles side in this period as they got the next goal on a beauty of a play from Josh Bailey.

To quote Anson Carter "Wow." What a move from Josh Bailey and how about Kyle Palmieri who is up to 10 goals on the year after going his first 29 games with just one goal. He now has seven points in the last four games

In the third, a broken sequence led to a two on one and Axel Jonsson-Fjallby scored his first career goal. If you find yourself saying "who?" he is a 2016 fourth rounder with 13 NHL games under his belt before tonight.

Then, right off the face off Alex Ovechkin let one rip which moved him up to third all-time on the NHL scoring list. What a rip, he just makes it look so easy.

The Islanders pulled the goalie and the hottest goal scorer in the NHL did it again. Anders Lee scores for the FIFTH game in a row and now has EIGHT goals in that span. Unreal.

In overtime it was back and forth with Semyon Varlamov flashing the leather to keep the Islanders alive as Washington had seven shots on goal to the Islanders one.

In the shootout Evgeny Kuznetsov, Anthony Beauvillier, Nicklas Backstrom, and Oliver Wahlstrom were stopped. Then, TJ Oshie did his thing. Kyle Palmieri needed to score to keep the Islanders alive and he did just that.

It took until the eighth round and finally Mantha ended it. The Islanders fall in the shootout 4-3. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to get the win tonight in Washington.

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