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Ovechkin scores twice, Williams nets GWG in OT win vs. Isles


Ovechkin scores twice, Williams nets GWG in OT win vs. Isles

Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 3-2 overtime victory over the New York Islanders Thursday night in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center:

How it happened: Captain Alex Ovechkin gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead with his 106th multi-goal game of his career, but the Islanders tied the score with 1:44 remaining when Frans Nielsen roofed a rebound over Braden Holtby. That sent the game into overtime and after Ovechkin rang one off the post, Justin Williams hammered a 45-footer off an Islanders’ stick and through a screen provided by Nicklas Backstrom to give the Caps the win.

What it means: The Caps are now 3-0-0 against the Islanders this season with a pair of one-goal wins. They’ve also won seven of their last eight games to move 21 points ahead of the Islanders in the Metro Division standings.

O-mazing: Ovechkin scored from two different spots on the ice. His first goal came off a beautiful pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov, who swung behind the right side of the net, spun around and threaded a pass through John Tavares to Ovechkin parked on the right post. Ovechkin’s second goal of the night and 37th of the season came when he blasted a Nicklas Backstrom power-play pass past the outstretched glove of Thomas Greiss. Ovechkin’s goal moved him three ahead of Patrick Kane in his pursuit of a fourth straight goal title.

Slow starts: The Caps have allowed the first goal of the game in seven of their last 10 games and it happened again when a long shift by the Caps’ fourth line resulted in an odd-man rush that ended with Tavares beating Holtby shortside.

Nice stat: Braden Holtby has not lost back-to-back starts all season and rebounded nicely from the four goals he surrendered in Dallas on Saturday night. Holtby turned aside 20 shots to improve his record to 36-6-3. He is now 12 wins away from matching Marty Brodeur’s NHL record of 48 wins.

Look ahead: The Caps are scheduled to practice at Kettler at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. They begin a four-game homestand on Saturday night against the Devils, who are battling with the Islanders for the third spot in the Metro standings. The Caps continue their homestand with games against the Coyotes on Monday, the Canadiens on Wednesday and the Wild on Friday.   

[RELATED: Ovechkin scores two goals in an :87 second span]

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Michal Kempny excited to move from last place Chicago to first place Caps


Michal Kempny excited to move from last place Chicago to first place Caps

On Sunday, Michal Kempny was a defenseman struggling for a spot in the lineup for a team poised to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008. On Monday, he became potentially an important piece on the roster of the first place Capitals.

The last few days have been quite the whirlwind for Kempny who tallied an assist for Chicago on Saturday in a 7-1 blowout against what is now his current team. While the Blackhawks may have gotten the better of Washington that night, Kempny is excited about the postseason opportunity that now lies in front of him.

"Nobody knows what's happening in Chicago, but I'm really happy and I'm really glad that I can be here," Kempny told reporters on Tuesday after his first skate with the team. "There is option of play a playoff and I'm very happy for it."


The 27-year-old Czech defenseman played only 31 games for the Blackhawks this season, but considering Washington's need to shore up its defense before the trade deadline and the team's willingness to give up a third-round pick to acquire him, it is likely he will have a much more significant role with the Caps.

"I thought that I [was] going to get more space on the ice and more ice time, but I didn't play more than half games," Kempny said of his decision to originally sign with Chicago. "But now I'm here and I'm really glad that I'm here. Washington is amazing city and great organization and I hope I will get a chance to access myself on the ice more than in Chicago."

Kempny will not play in Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but did say he expects to play Thursday when the team visits the Florida Panthers.

When he does get into the lineup, it is unclear just how big a role he will play initially or how the team foresees utilizing him going forward. He is a left-shot defenseman and did tell reporters he prefers to play on that side. It seems unlikely the team would acquire him just to put him on his offside.

As of now, however, everything regarding his role in Washington is up on the air.

"I need everything settle down a little bit," he said. "New teammates, new people around here."


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Game 60: Capitals vs. Lightning Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread


Game 60: Capitals vs. Lightning Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Lightning will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Lightning game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.


The Capitals (34-18-7) take on the Lightning (39-17-3) Tuesday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET in Washington.


The Capitals-Lightning game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Lightning
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:00 p.m. — Caps in 30


Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Lightning game:

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Alex Chiasson, Michal Kempney, Taylor Chorney


The Capitals-Lightning game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.


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