Backstrom’s Back!: Washington Capitals 2, New York Islanders 1

The Washington Capitals were able to remain undefeated during their three-game home stand on a Nicklas Backstrom deflection to finish off the Caps’ 2-1 win over the gesture-less New York Islanders Wednesday night. The Isles managed to take the early lead on Nino Niederreiter‘s first goal of his NHL career when the Caps allowed Doug Weight to find El Nino on an easy pass to the front of the net. DC played sloppy early, and wasn’t able to retaliate until just over 18 minutes into the second period when Lars capitalized on a NY neutral zone turnover and found Alex Ovechkin for the tally. The Caps were able to solidify the come from behind victory when following a Blake Comeau roughing penalty on Tyler Sloan, and their power play was able to convert when Lars tipped Ovie’s howitzer past Dwayne Roloson.

Ovie Sez: He take Game Winning Goal this game, I take next game, and you make the jump. Okay? Okay.


The Good:

– This might be renamed the Nicklas Backstrom section. After we told you not to worry, #19 found the board with a goal and an assist. He took 7-for-9 of his 1st period draws when everyone else went 4-for-14.  3 takeaways tied for the game lead. Added bonus? With Poti out, Nicky was wearing alternate captain’s “A.”

Michal Neuvirth. ‘Nuff said. Stopping 23-of-24 shots in your 4th game in 6 nights is no easy task, even if it is the injury-ridden Islanders.

– Third straight game for Ovechkin to light the lamp. As of 10:00 PM ET, his effort puts him atop the NHL with 4 goals and 7 points.

– 15-for-15, penalty killing, and the Capitals all in the same sentence? Hell yeah!

– It took all of 2:47 for D.J. King to drop the gloves and go to work on Trevor Gillies. Why is this under “the good,” you ask? He’s still healthy – and looking at past seasons, I’ll consider it a win.

The Bad:

– The Real American Hero John Carlson spent another game finding himself out of position, and allowing the opposition to find the back of the net. We’ve really got to work on this.

Tomas Fleischman only managed to win 3 draws tonight of his 13 face offs. Woof.

– As a whole, the Capitals made very sloppy passes and looked generally disinterested until late in the third period. Let’s hope we aren’t at the beginning of another season of the Caps playing down to the competitors level.

The Ugly:

Mike Green‘s body. Greener gave and received hits, blocked shots, took a slashing penalty from P.A. Parenteau, and had his teeth examined by Trent Hunter‘s stick.  After leaving the game early following a big hit in the corner, he is said to have a stinger and is currently day-to-day.