Samsonov and the Virgin Islanders of the Capitals
UNIONDALE, NY – Ilya Samsonov made 26 saves for the Washington Capitals in a 1-0 shootout win over the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on Thursday.
It was Samsonov’s second shutout of the season.
“When it’s going to be tight like this game turned out to be, you’re going to have to rely on him at some point, and he came huge,” the Capitals defenseman John carlson mentionned. “They weren’t just good saves, they were great saves every time they passed us. That was the difference.”
Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in the shootout for the Capitals (30-13-4) in the opener of a three-game set.
Washington advanced one point ahead of New York for first place in the MassMutual East Division.
“These three games feel a bit more like a playoff series than a regular season so you know we’re going to take a look at things against them and they’ll try to do the same for us and make some adjustments for maybe come up with something that might loosen things up a bit, ”Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said.
Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves in their fifth shutout, which is tied for the NHL lead, for the Islanders (29-13-5), who have lost three of their last five games.
New York is tied for second with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who beat the New Jersey Devils 5-1 on Thursday.
“I’d rather win 2-1 or 6-5 than a loss like this because it’s about winning for me for this team,” Varlamov said. “It’s good for the statistics when you don’t give up a goal, but after the game you come home and you lost the game.”
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Alex ovechkin did not score and remains at 730 goals in the NHL. His next will equal Marcel Dionne for fifth place in history.
The Capitals captain didn’t play in overtime after stopping in the neutral zone and going to the bench with 2:49 left in the third period.
“I don’t even know what’s wrong,” Laviolette said. “I know he wasn’t available during this time.”
Samsonov made 15 saves in the first half, including a breakaway against Mathew Barzal at 18:34.
New York beat Washington 15-4 in the period, but the Capitals retained a 14-7 advantage in the second period.
“If we could have taken the lead I think it would have given us a little spark, hopefully for the second,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “It’s a good team that we play and it’s going to come in waves.… It was a battle.”
Varlamov made a pad save on Carl Hagelinthe redirect at 3:08 a second.
Josh bailey almost gave the Islanders the lead at 12:02, but Samsonov managed to get his tackle on a left circle shot.
Samsonov then extended his left cushion to deny Kyle palmieri On a power play for the Islanders at 10:42 a.m. of the third period, Barzal returned a shot over the crossbar on a breakaway at 3:45 p.m.
“I thought he had made some big saves all night, but most of them were in the first half,” said Laviolette.
The Islanders were limited to two shots on goal in two power play in the third period.
“They were playing aggressively,” the New York defender Nick leddy mentionned. “They were moving their feet. I think we settled down a few times. We just didn’t manage to put a lot of ground in the net. We had a few chances, especially ‘Palms’ there. Look and he almost walked in. “
Jordan eberle had the best chance of scoring in overtime, but his left circle shot was stopped by Samsonov’s pad at 3:51.
Anthony Beauvillier had the Islanders’ lone goal in the second round shootout, and the Capitals responded with back-to-back goals from Backstrom and Kuznetsov.
“I thought both teams played very well tonight,” said Beauvillier. “There wasn’t a lot of room. Obviously ‘Varly’ was really good and unfortunately we couldn’t get the win.”
NOTES: It was the second game in a row 1-0 between the teams; Varlamov made 29 saves in a victory in New York on April 6.… Varlamov is tied with Philipp grubauer the Colorado Avalanche and Marc-André Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights for the NHL lead in shutouts. … Washington forward Anthony mantha had his end of five consecutive games. He has scored in each of his first four games since his acquisition in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings on April 12.… Forward Michael raffl made his Capitals debut after being acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers on April 12. Raffl, who had an upper body injury, had two shots and two hits in 13:32 of ice time. … Islanders ahead Cal clutterbuck had a 13:02 shot after missing three games with an undisclosed injury. Islanders ahead Travis Zajac was a healthy scratch.
Video: Samsonov and Kuznetsov take Capitals to 1-0 victory