Make it 5 in a row for the guys in white. Great overall performance from the Caps tonight, Washington really controlled all facets of the game. Quick recap of what happened:
- Two minutes in Islander winger Casey Cizikas went to the locker room with a scary cut to his arm, he returned later in the first period.
- Brock Nelson put the Isles in the lead at the 9:32 mark with an absolute laser over Holtby’s glove.
- Caps tied it up 2:09 into the second, Lars Eller threw one at the net and the crashing Brett Connolly was able to get it past Halak.
- Justin Williams put the caps ahead with a powerplay tally off a great feed from the wizard formally known as Evgeny Kuznetsov.
- Isles tied it back up at the 10:41 mark with a point blast from Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin was credited for the goal.
- Matty Niskanen with the bar down snipe from the circle gave the Caps the lead 1:34 into the third.
- Niskie then put the nail in the coffin on a late powerplay goal at the 18:02 mark
- Branden Holtby was LIGHTS OUT in the third per usual
- CAPS WIN 4-2
Much like the rest of the Metropolitan division the caps are en fuego right now. The defense has been there all year, but now we are starting to see the offensive potential that this team brings. After struggling offensively for most of the year, we have seen both Kuzy and Justin Williams start to come alive in the past few games. Kuzy has an assist in his past 5 games and J Will has 4 goals in his last five games as well. However, the hottest line tonight was the third. The Vrana – Eller – Connolly trio was so dynamic and accounted for the first two goals, would love to see them skate together more going forward. Speaking of goals… hello Matt Niskanen! Two beautiful goals for Matty, great to see him get going with his first two scores of the season. While the offense was buzzing, the defense didn’t do Braden Holtby many favors. Fortunately for the Caps the reigning Vezina winner was on his A-game tonight, especially in the third where he was absolutely dominant. We are starting to see this team perform like we expected them to coming into the season, and they are going to have to continue this play if they want to keep pace with the rest of the metro.
Caps look to extend the streak to six this Friday when they take on the Hurricanes in Raleigh, see you guys then.