Reporting Sky Kerstein
For 59 minutes and 12 seconds, Nate Lawson and the New York Islanders were about to steal one away from the Caps at Verizon Center. Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau then pulled Michal Neuvirth to give the Caps an extra man and newly acquired Jason Arnott, making his Caps debut, found Brooks Laich camped out right in front of the net and Laich put it by Lawson to tie the game up and send it to overtime. In overtime vintage Alex Ovechkin showed up, taking the puck half the ice, going in and out of players and backhanding it by Lawson to give the Caps the win and snapping a three game home losing streak and an eight game overtime/shootout losing streak.
Bruce Boudreau said Michal Neuvirth was “outstanding”, making 28 saves to keep the Caps in it all night and got the hard hat. Afterwards Neuvirth said “after Brooksie scored I just knew we, we going to win this game no matter what”. The three Caps making their debut’s all made some big plays in the victory. Marco Sturm had a breakaway early in the first and got it five hole by Lawson, but it deflected off of Lawson’s skate and just wide of the net. Dennis Wideman made some great passes all night and Boudreau said he played with a lot of poise. But Jason Arnott showed that he still has stuff left in the tank. Arnott made a couple great passes, including setting up the game tying goal with seconds left. Arnott and Wideman came into the game with only about 20 minutes of practice and will benefit a lot from a full practice tomorrow.
The Caps have swept the Islanders in their four game series this season, but all four games were one goal victories. Alex Ovechkin got his 300th assist on the Laich goal and Michal Neuvirth tied the franchise mark for wins by a rookie goalie with his 20th of the season. Dennis Wideman led the Caps with 26:44 of ice time. The Caps had 42 shots on goal and Ovechkin now leads the NHL with his ninth game winning goal. The Caps are 34-20-10, 78 points, three points behind Tampa Bay in division, and host the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. Check out what Bruce Boudreau, Alex Ovechkin, Michal Neuvirth, Brooks Laich, Marco Sturm, Jason Arnott & Dennis Wideman had to say following the victory.
3rd 19:12 Laich (14), Arnott (12), Ovechkin (40)
OT 1:55 Ovechkin (25)
Bruce Boudreau Postgame Audio
Alex Ovechkin Postgame Audio
Brooks Laich Postgame Audio
Michal Neuvirth Postgame Audio
Jason Arnott Postgame Audio
Dennis Wideman Postgame Audio
Marco Sturm Postgame Audio
Sky Kerstein is 106.7 The FAN’s Capitals Beat Reporter and a fill-in co-host. Also you can find video recaps of every Caps game and post-game interviews on www.1067thefandc.com. You can get in touch with Sky on Facebook or via Twitter at www.twitter.com/SkyKerstein.