The Caps came into Thursday’s game looking to halt a pair of slumps.
And they did just that.
Taylor Chorney put the Caps on the board first, ending a streak of seven straight games in which they allowed the game’s first goal. And, of course, they got a big win on home ice—4-3 over the Islanders—ending a three-game slide on F Street thanks to a three-point night from Lars Eller.
Tarik’s three stars of the night:
Eller’s second goal of the night—a snipe from the wing over Jaroslav Halak’s glove—put the Caps in front 4-3 late in the third period. The third line center also scored a go-ahead goal in the first period, a one-timer that staked the Caps’ to an early 2-1 edge. Eller also earned an assist on Chorney’s goal. Eller now has three goals and two assists over the past three games.
2- Chandler Stephenson, Capitals
Stephenson sure is making the most of his latest call up to the big leagues. The 23-year-old came into game with no assists in 16 NHL games. After 20 minutes, he had a pair of primary helpers, setting up the goals by Chorney and Eller. Stephenson now has a goal and two assists in four games since being recalled from the Bears.
3-Alex Chiasson, Capitals
The newcomer scored his first goal as a Capital—and boy was it a big one. Late in the second period, the hulking winger sneaked behind the Islanders’ defense and snagged a long pass from John Carlson. Chiasson let loose a huge blast from the middle of the right circle, beating Halak’s blocker. The goal sent the Caps into the third period leading, 3-2.
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