Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 6-2 win over the New York Islanders in the preseason finale Sunday night at Verizon Center:
Men vs. boys: Facing an Islanders team without star center John Tavares and filled with AHL prospects, the Caps scored early and often, with T.J. Oshie, Jay Beagle, Evgeny Kuznetsov, John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin finding the back of the net against backup Thomas Greiss, who was filling in for the injured Jaro Halak.
Beagle injured: Capitals center Jay Beagle suffered a lower body injury on his first shift of the third period and did not return to the game for precautionary reasons.
Kuz-tastic: Kuznetsov also had the primary assists on goals by Oshie, Carlson and Ovechkin, the last two coming on the power play where the Caps looked unstoppable. Kuznetsov finished the preseason with one goal and five assists in five games.
Ovi-power: Ovechkin’s power-play goal came on a beautiful cross-ice feed from Kuznetsov, thanks to Oshie drawing two players to him in the slot. Ovechkin scored four times in five preseason games, including two on the power play.
Caps’ top PP unit: Marcus Johansson worked the goal line, Kuznetsov worked the right halfwall, Oshie was in the slot (diamond), Carlson was at the point and Ovechkin was in the left circle. The second unit looked the same, with Jason Chimera down low, Burakovsky on the halfwall, Justin William in the diamond, Dmitry Orlov at the point and Matt Niskanen in Ovechkin’s office.
What’s next: The Caps have some decisions to make on Monday. If they decide to waive a player they must do so by noon. If not, they must submit their 23-man roster by 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Look for defenseman Taylor Chorney and Sean Collins to be on their 23-man roster. Also look for the Caps’ management and coaching staff to deliberate on whether to offer Derek Roy a contract.
Holtby strong: In his first full game of the preseason goaltender Braden Holtby looked solid, stopping 22 of 24 shots, his only blemishes coming on a deflection off Josh Bailey’s shin pad and an odd-man rush late in the third period.
What’s next: The Caps have the day off on Monday, when Barry Trotz and his staff decide on the team’s opening night roster. Look for forward Stan Galiev and defensemen Aaron Ness and Ryan Stanton to be assigned to Hershey. The Caps open the regular season on Saturday night against the Devils.