Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Islanders Extend Points Streak to Seven, Six under Weight

It wasn't pretty, but the Islanders will take it. New York notched a 3-2 win over the NHL-leading Washington Capitals on Tuesday night at Barclays Center, and climbed within three points of the last Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

New York has gone 6-0-1 in their last seven games, and 5-0-1 since Doug Weight took over for Jack Capuano on January 17th.

Evgeny Kuznetsov opened the scoring for Washington with his tenth goal of the season, but the Islanders got goals from Alan Quine and Ryan Strome before Johnny Boychuk put it out of reach with an empty-netter late in the third.

Alexander Ovechkin brought the Capitals closer with a one-timer from the point that Isles goalie Thomas Griess never even saw at 19:13 of the third, but the Islanders held off Washington to get the victory. The goal was Ovechkin's 24th, which moves him into a tie with Cam Atkinson, Jeff Carter and Max Pacioretty for second in the NHL. Connor McDavid leads all scorers with 27 goals.

New York has defeated Columbus, Montreal and Washington in its last three games. They improve to 22-17-9, and 7-2-1 in their last ten.

Washington remains atop the NHL at 33-11-6, one point clear of Minnesota and two clear of the Columbus Blue Jackets.