Take it to #TheBank: Caps beat Isles 6-2!

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Alex Ovechkin had missed the last two games due to an upper-body injury. Returning to active service against the New York Islanders on Tuesday, Alex wanted to make sure we didn’t forget him. As if we ever could. He scored two goals and set up Tom Wilson for his first career NHL goal. That’s your captain right there.

John Tavares scored on the rebound as the Islanders’ power play expired in the first period.

But let’s talk about the second period. Early in the second, John Carlson exploited an Isles goof-up to score his second goal in as many games. Alex Ovechkin scored the most casual powerplay goal ever, but Kyle Okposo returned fire just 17 seconds later. Marcus Johansson was in the right spot as a rebounding puck found his stick on another Caps power play to restore the lead. Tom Wilson got held up on a drive to the net, but set up Alex Urbom from a supine position. Alex Ovechkin scored from the Alex Ovechkin spot on another power play– one set up by some good work by Marcus Johansson in the crease. Wow.

Tom Wilson scored his first NHL goal on third-period power play, tapping in Alex Ovechkin’s pass.

Caps beat Isles 6-2!

Five goals in the second period? Three points for Ovi? Three points for Nick? Tom Wilson’s first NHL assist AND goal? I think you know what’s coming here.

  • Yes. I totally called it:

  • Tom Wilson had one hell of a game. Before his first NHL point, he drew a penalty, fell on his back, and still set up a pass to Alex Urbom, who got his first NHL goal as a Capital. In the third period, Wilson got exactly what I hoped he would: some power play time. He crashed the net to drive in a pass from Alex Ovechkin and record his first NHL goal. A great way to kick off what I hope will be fruitful NHL careers for both Wilson and Urbom.

Related: Tom Wilson’s Future is Not on the Fourth Line

  • The Caps have had painfully slow starts recently. No so much on Tuesday, as the Capitals managed 11 shots (24 attempts) in the first period against a strong possession team. Long Island matched them though and came out with a goal from Tavares.
  • That Tavares goal came right as Mikhail Grabovski‘s penalty time expired, meaning the Capitals began a new PK streak!
  • Just like slow starts, the Caps have also had some explosive second periods of late. Tuesday was no different. The Caps put up four goals in a little over five minutes, reminiscent of the Flyers game and also like every game between 2008 and 2010. SCOAR MOAR GOALS, baby.
  • The Capitals had won without Alex Ovechkin but he was so missed.  His first second-period powerplay goal took all of three seconds. The  Caps won the faceoff cleanly, he skated to get a bit of space, and released a little wrister. He scored again later that period, and then served up an apple to little Tommy Wilson in the third. Not a bad way to get the rust off after missing two games to injury. Hear John Walton call ‘em!
  • Marcus Johansson and Nicklas Backstrom deserve a bunch of credit. Backstrom quietly recorded his third 3-point game and 6th multi-point game of the season. Johansson finally got onto the scoresheet by smart positioning, and he added an assist with a great setup on Ovi’s second. Great work all around.
  • The Capitals got penalized a ton– mostly justly, sometimes less so. It doesn’t matter so much when guys like Karl Alzner (who is gonna score soon) and Troy Brouwer do such terrific penalty killing, as they did in the third period. I’m still not in love with the 5v5 defense, but when they’re a man-down? Niiiiiiice.
  • Ya know, the second line doesn’t get much more ice time than the third line. Considering Chimera-Grabo-Ward is probably better than Laich-Johansson-Brouwer, I’m pretty okay with that.
Joe B suit of the night: EYE CONTACT

Joe B suit of the night: EYE CONTACT

Well, that was the best game of the season. The Capitals outpossessed and outscored a solid and improving team in the New York Islanders. They exploded for a SCOAR MOAR GOALS second period. Alex Ovechkin scored two power play goals. Marcus Johansson got his first. Alex Urbom got his first. Tom Wilson got his first NHL goal.

The Capitals are above .500 for the first time since the bronze age, and they take possession of second place in the Metro.

So yeah, that could not have gone better.

The Capitals will play the Wild on Thursday. They don’t suck anymore, so look out.

Whatever you say, Adam. <3

  • Akay15

    This game was so much fun that I fell off the treadmill at the gym watching it on my phone! Ovi’s huge smile after his first goal goes down in my book as Most Adorable Ovi Moment Ever. Bailamos, Caps.

  • scrubversive

    I was chillin’ with birthday eggnog and birthday pumpkin pie watching some birthday hockey. I went to receive a happy birthday phone call from my brother during the second intermission, to whom I said, “The only way this gets any better is for #43 to get his first NHL goal.”

    Thanks Wilson, I can sleep happy now.

  • Jack Conness

    What a fantastic game! Just a few things I took from it…

    – The new and improved top two lines looked great. Erat, Ovi, and Backstrom look incredible together and it is finally nice seeing Erat play like a superstar.

    – Nice finally seeing MoJo get a goal. He has looked slow (IMO) the first part of the season and I think the bump down to the 2nd line with Laich and Brouwer will help him out. Those three will work well together.

    – I’m not sure about everyone else but I am a HUGE Steve Oleksy fan. I think this guy is extremely underrated. He is a grinder and plays great D. I also think he is wonderful with the puck and helps set up the other guys.

    – And BIG UPS to Tom Wilson! Great seeing him emerge with his first two points of his career. I can’t wait to see many more!

    GO CAPS!

  • Dave

    The NHL should consider a new rule: penalty minutes outstanding at the end of a game carry into the next. That alone might prevent douche nozzles like Carkner from cheapshots with 6 seconds left. Same for Emery — he wouldn’t have been able to start the game after assaulting Holtby after racking up all those penalty minutes.

  • dylan wheatley

    mojo amazing

  • Priscilla

    I feel like absolute shit but that game was awesome.

  • Joben

    Tom Wilson was so close to the Gordie Howe hat trick at the end there. Maybe next time…

  • Steve Killmon

    Disappointed that F16 was out of the lineup tonight, but I didn’t see a deficiency on any line because of it either. I think I like his work ethic and speed over Volpatti, though.

    Also, Wardo’s work on the penalty kill is also second to none. The PK in the third where they almost scored a shorty, Ward was excellent.

  • Bob

    how bout Nicky with another beauty of a night, just quietly dominating as always

  • JenniferH

    All that plus Holtby made some beautiful saves. The two he let in (to my still relatively newbie eyes were not softies). Great game overall. Loved it!

  • Red

    That’s the smartest thing I’ve ever heard anyone say about anything.

  • Jack Conness

    Totally agree. I can’t wait to see Wilson get back at him in their next matchup. You know Wilson won’t forget.

  • Red

    Great to see another complete game from our boys. First period was a little weak (as usual) but overall I can’t point to a single weak link. When our PP and PK are rolling: Damn Caps, you scary!

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    nailed it

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    FEEL BETTER!

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    From ExtraSkater. Even though they were protecting a big lead, the Caps hung with the Isles. Very good sign. http://www.extraskater.com/game/2013-11-05-islanders-capitals

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  • JH

    Erat 1L LW, MoJo 2L C, Wilson with some PP time — not the only reason they dominated tonight, but me likey!

  • Jack Conness

    I do miss seeing Fehr out there. He has been playing well.

    And Wardo is lights out on that PK. Gotta love seeing him playing well.

  • Matt

    “and still set up a pass to Alex Urbom, who got his first NHL goal.” No. It was Urbom’s first of the season and first as a Cap, but not his first career goal. You guys even did an article about the time he scored against the caps.

  • Buck

    all hail

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Right you are. Corrected.

  • Graham Dumas

    Erat: permanent addition to the first line. Done. Enough. MoJo also playing well, but Erat needs TOI.

  • Matt McNeely

    That sucks. I watched the Jets/Caps game in the hospital with viral meningitis. Everything feels better when the Caps win, eh? Get well soon.

  • Graham Dumas

    Agreed. But you’ve gotta keep Erat up on the first line for a while.

  • Graham Dumas

    “Фото-сет.” Russian in all its великий, могучий glory. Yep.

  • KG

    #CanadianBaconandPineapple

  • Chris Cerullo

    Went to the game. Got my Brouwer Movember bobblehead. Wilson was fantastic all night. I thought the 3 Swedes had very nice games. And of course oh captain my captain welcome back.

  • Chris

    Congrats to Tom Wilson, big night. such good, score goals. Also according to NHL.com Washington has the best PP and PK. Go Caps!

  • A_Shoe

    Yup. That 10-19-8 was stupid good tonight.

  • A_Shoe

    My cousin and I went to the game tonight. We’ve been to three so far this year. In those three games the Caps are 3-0 with a +10 goal differential. Anyone want to give up their season tickets for some good juju?

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    more on that late night/ tomorrow

  • Justin

    Love NHL Gamecenter so I can always watch the game with Joe B and Locker. Their dynamic is hilarious.

  • camilla alsobrook

    Why this song? Am I missing something? I feel like I am…

  • jp_daddi0

    After the game, Wilson (in the locker room) mentioned that’s what Carkner said to him and why he tried to get Willy to drop the gloves.

  • Aaron Baum
  • Jalabar

    I think Oates likes the fact that all three members of the fourth line will kick your ass if you mess with the boys. Just the impression I get. Fehr is a very good player, but he’s a lover, not a fighter.

  • Jalabar

    Is it possible we see F16 get traded? I’d actually prefer him on L2 over either Laich or Brouwer, but that’s me.

  • Steve Killmon

    Oates strikes me as being far too pragmatic of a coach for that. His main concern every night is putting the best possible combination of players together to win hockey games. He’s also chiefly concerned with staying out of the box. Fighting, roughing, etc. don’t accomplish that.

  • Rhino40

    HEY! That’s MY meme!…Shirt please, Ian?

  • Wes

    Needs to be on a puck tho, eh?

  • Wes

    Tonight Peter Hassett, they danced, you danced, WE ALL DANCED.

    Bailamos mi amigo.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    that’s our jam