Reporting Sky Kerstein
The Capitals started out strong in their first game this season when playing on back to back nights, but blew a 2-0 first period lead to lose 5-3 to the last place Islanders in Long Island.
Joel Ward though got the Caps going early in the first beating Rick DiPietro through traffic for his fourth of the season then later in the period Alex Ovechkin had a strong slap shot that nobody could’ve stopped for his sixth of the season and it looked like the Caps were going to runaway with it going to the second.
In the second though, it was a different story when the Islanders got on the board early. Frans Nielsen followed up his own rebound and beat Tomas Vokoun five hole and later in the period Brian Rolston tied it up on a wrister that beat Vokoun and it was 2-2 heading to the third.
In the third Matt Martin put in a rebound to make it 3-2 Islanders, but the Caps came back when the Islanders had their first minor of the game, Brooks Laich nailed his second of the year through traffic to beat DiPietro and tie it up. The Caps ended up 1 for 2 on the power play and 2 for 2 on the penalty kill on the night. But late in the third a Pa Parenteau wrister snuck by Vokoun with 1:46 left to give the Islanders a commanding 4-3 lead and then John Tavares added an empty netter to put it away.
Tomas Vokoun stopped 30 shots on the night while the Caps had 28 shots on goal. The Islanders took a five minute major boarding call late in the first, but the Caps had two minors during it that pretty much wiped out any advantage they would’ve had. Bruce Boudreau also put Brooks Laich to left wing to start the game for the first time this season, but he went back to centering the third line to start the third period. Nicklas Backstrom had two assists for his eighth multi-point game of the season already.
The Caps are now 9-3-0 with 18 points on the season and head home for one with the Dallas Stars on Tuesday before they play a home and home with the New Jersey Devils next weekend.
1st 5:24 Ward (4), Carlson (4), Halpern (4)
1st 18:41 Ovechkin (6), Backstrom (12), Schultz (4)
3rd 9:12 PP Laich (2), Wideman (8), Backstrom (13)