October 19, 2021

Washington Capitals Game 49 Recap: Ovi’s late goal beats Islanders

OVECHKIN RETURNS FROM SUSPENSION TO NET GAME-WINNER

(Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

Alex Ovechkin returned from his post-All Star Game mandated “vacation” and scored with 2:40 left to lift the Washington Capitals over the New York Islanders 3-2 at Verizon Center on Thursday night.

T.J. Oshie won a deep puck and moved it to Nick Backstom, along the half-boards. Ovechkin floated to the slot and Backstrom teed it up for him. Ovechkin’s blast eluded Jaroslav Halak, who was perturbed by Oshie skating through the top of the crease as Ovechkin’s shot sailed by.

The Caps (36-9-4) ended a two-week, two-game losing streak.

The Islanders struck first — less than two minutes in — with former Capital Mikhail Grabovski jamming home a rebound off a shot from the point by Travis Hamonic.

Oshie tied it up midway through the first. Backstrom tracked down a errant Islanders pass to the point that went all the way back into their defensive zone, then waited for Oshie to catch up, cruising down the slot. The snap shot was Oshie’s 16th of the season.

Andre Burakovsky gave the Caps a 2-1 lead in the second period. Dmitry Orlov shut down an Islanders advance and sent Jason Chimera away with numbers. Chimera got the puck to the goal mouth and after the puck squirted through Halak, Burakovsky stuffed it home for his ninth of the year.

The Islanders’ Josh Bailey equalized at 5:38 of the third, as Marek Zidlicky’s nifty pass set up Bailey, who got loose behind the Caps defense at the top of the crease.

All that did was set up Ovechkin to nail the game-winner.

NEXT GAME: The Caps travel to New Jersey to face the Devils on Saturday at 1 p.m. Eastern matinee.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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