Islanders Fall to the Capitals in Shootout
The New York Islanders fell to the Washington Capitals in a game that they led by three goals.
The Islanders led by a score of 3-0 and 4-1, but still ended up losing 5-4 in a shootout.
Matt Moulson opened the scoring with one of the freakiest goals ever seen. He shot the puck off the glass behind the net, and the puck then caromed off the glass, over the net, and off of Capitals goalie Michael Neuvirth's chest and into the net. The goal was Moulson's 30th of the season, and gave him his third consecutive 30-goal season.
Travis Hamonic gave the Islanders a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period on the powerplay. He took a wrist shot that redirected off of a Capitals defenseman's foot and into the net.
John Tavares had a two-goal night and got his first 30-goal season of his career. Both goals came in the second period. Tavares also got to to 70 points on the season and is now seventh in scoring in the NHL.
The Capitals got on the board at 9:33 of the second period on a goal by Mike Knuble. Alex Ovechkin cut the Islanders' lead to two goals late in the second period. Demitry Orlov brought the Capitals within one early in the third period when he fired a wrist shot over Evgeni Nabokov and in. Ovechkin then tied the game at 10:15 of the third.
The game went to a shootout tied at four. Tavares scored for the Islanders. Ovechkin and Matt Hendricks scored for the Capitals to give Washington the win.
Neuvirth made 26 saves on 30 shots for the Capitals. Nabokov made 24 saves on 28 shots.
Matt Moulson has three-straight 30-goal seasons.
John Tavares reached the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career.