WASHINGTON (AP) — Playing with out injured captain Alex Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals missed a possibility to maneuver up within the standings with a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday night time.
The Capitals blew a lead and gave up 4 unanswered targets to an opponent that has lengthy been out of playoff rivalry. They allowed power-play targets to Ryan Pulock and Noah Dobson, goaltender Ilya Samsonov botched a puck-handling try behind the online to assist Casey Cizikas rating short-handed and Tom Wilson turned the puck over to Anders Lee for New York’s fourth purpose of the sport.
Washington did not move rival Pittsburgh for third place within the Metropolitan Division after the Penguins misplaced at residence to Edmonton, however the Caps nonetheless have two extra probabilities earlier than the tip of the common season.
Ilya Sorokin made 32 saves to assist the Islanders snap a five-game dropping streak close to the tip of what has become a misplaced season a 12 months after reaching the East ultimate. They performed a ahead quick with 17 skaters as a substitute of the same old 18 after Brock Nelson and Zdeno Chara had been dominated out due to sickness.
Ovechkin has what the crew is asking an upper-body harm, which he suffered when he slammed into the boards, left shoulder first, on Sunday. He’s listed as daily, although Ovechkin’s standing for the beginning of the playoffs subsequent week is unsure.
Taking care of enterprise in opposition to the Islanders would have put the Capitals in place to wrap up third within the Metro when these groups face off once more Thursday on Long Island. Now, it’ll come all the way down to Friday to see whether or not Washington can keep away from Eastern Conference-leading Florida and a harder path by way of the Atlantic Division facet of the bracket.
On the best way to a second powerful loss in a row, the Capitals received a little bit of a scare when winger T.J. Oshie took a puck off his left foot and left the sport briefly. Conor Sheary, who scored their solely purpose on a deflection within the first interval, additionally went down late within the second blocking a shot however stayed within the recreation.
Washington is all too acutely aware of going into the postseason banged up after a barrage of accidents contributed to a first-round, five-game exit final 12 months.
“We were in a really good spot, we got dinged up a little bit and those things nagged,” coach Peter Laviolette stated. “You want to go in as healthy as you can and put your best foot forward with a healthy lineup.”
Ovechkin, 36, missed simply his twenty fifth recreation due to the harm and has by no means sat out within the playoffs for any cause.
The Capitals go to the Islanders at UBS Arena on Thursday night time within the first half of a back-to-back set for every crew to complete the season.
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