Alex Ovechkin did Alex Ovechkin things despite nursing an injury, but an overtime power play goal went the other way and the Washington Capitals fell for the fourth time in six games, 3-2, to the New York Islanders, increasingly looking like one of the best teams in the conference, if not the whole stinking league.
First Star: Alex Ovechkin. Two power play goals, four shots, two blocked and two missed and three hits. Injured or not, this guy is bringing it every single night for the Caps.
Second Star: Matt Niskanen. Ovechkin can make anyone look good running the power play point, but Niskanen needs to exert himself while Green is out (again) and he had two shots on goal, another one blocked and four hits to go along with his apple.
Third Star: Jay Beagle? Three shots on goal and 10 of 15 at the dot, with 17:33 of non-scored upon ice time. Good boy.
Goat of the night: Nick Backstrom. Despite his two power play helpers, Backstrom is veteran enough that he knows he can’t take a holding-the-stick call with two minutes to go in overtime.