Washington Capitals Top Islanders 5-2


Is this the year?  Many around Washington, D.C. have asked if this is the year Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals can break through to the Stanley Cup finals?  For the last week, it appears this season could be the year as the Capitals rattled of their third consecutive win Tuesday night topping the New York Islanders 5-2.

Nov 5, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) is tripped by New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) while attempting to shoot the puck on Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) in the second period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington started off slow, as the Islanders scored the contest’s first goal. New York star John Tavares put the Islanders on the scoreboard first just about six minutes into the opening session.  New York maintained their one goal edge heading into intermission before the Washington offense finally clicked.  First, it was John Carlson, who scored unassisted, to knot the score at one.  Then, Ovechkin, who returned from a shoulder injury, scored his first goal of the month to take a one-goal lead.  The Islanders showed their last signs of hope when Kyle Okposo scored to tie the game at 2 goals a piece.  From then on out, it was all Caps, as Marcus Johansson cleaned up a loose puck to put the score back in Washington’s favor.  Next, Alexander Urbom scored his first goal of the season to extend the Capitals lead to two goals.  Then, It was Ovechkin’s turn to get back in the action ripping his second power play goal of the game.  Finally, 19-year-old Tom Wilson scored his first career goal to finish of the New York Islanders 5-2.

With Washington’s win, the team moved all the way up to second place in the Metropolitan division.  Washington has now won three consecutive games, and looked extremely impressive in dismantling the Islanders.  The Caps will return to action Thursday when the Minnesota Wild comes to town.  Face off will take place at 7:00 p.m..