August 14, 2022

Washington Capitals Game 56 Recap: Williams overtime goal lifts Caps over Islanders


(Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

Justin Williams scored with less than a minute left in overtime to lift the Washington Capitals over the New York Islanders 3-2 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Williams took a pass in the high slot from John Carlson and with Nick Backstrom providing a screen, Williams’ slap shot got past Thomas Greiss for the game-winner.

The Capitals (42-10-4) are 9-1-2 in their past 12 games against the Islanders, including 3-0-0 this season.

Alex Ovechkin scored twice for the Caps, including his league-leading 37th, and Braden Holtby made 20 saves for his 38th win.

John Tavares (22) and Frans Nielsen (16) scored for the Islanders.

New York got on the board first, as Nick Leddy sprung Tavares along the right wing. Tavares shielded Nate Schmidt from the puck, got it on his forehand, and flipped it past Holtby at 15:41 of the first.

Ovechkin took over in the second. Well, at least for the first three minutes anyway.

His first came courtesy of new linemate Evgeny Kuznetsov, as coach Barry Trotz played around with the combinations. Kuznetsov took the puck behind the goal, spun, and gave it to Ovechkin on the far side, who was wide open and staring at an empty net at this point. It was perhaps the easiest goal the Great 8 has ever scored with a goalie in the crease, and it came 1:25 into the frame.

Not two minutes later, Ovechkin gave the Caps a 2-1 lead. On a power play, he took a little shuffle pass from Nick Backstrom in the high slot and sent a wrist shot past Greiss.

It stayed that way until the 58th minute. With the Islanders holding possession skating 6-on-5, Marcus Johansson failed a clearing attempt. Travis Hamonic shot it from the point and it bounced off Holtby to Nielsen at the right post. Nielsen settled the bouncing puck and flicked it past Holtby to tie it up.

It only set up Williams’ heroics in overtime.

NEXT GAME: Saturday against the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m. at Verizon Center.


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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