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The Capitals earned their first win of the season as they downed the New York Islanders 2-1 in the home opener at Verizon Center.

How it happened: The fourth line of Daniel Winnik, Jay Beagle and Tom Wilson took over the game for the Capitals generating multiple opportunities and five shots on goal throughout the night. Winnik netted both of the Capitals' goals en route to the victory.

What it means: The win is the team's first of the season after losing the opener to Pittsburgh. The Caps have now earned three points in two games while the Islanders have lost both of their first two games.

In it to Winnik: Winnik was the unlikely hero for the Capitals scoring both of the team's goals in the low-scoring affair. With the score tied at one in the second period, Winnik was able to beat defenseman Travis Hamonic one-on-one and then deked goalie Thomas Greiss on the short breakaway to put the Caps ahead. They would not relinquish that lead the rest of the night. With his two goals, Winnik is now tied with Andre Burakovsky for the team lead.

You can read more on his big night here.

A tribute to Chimera: Jason Chimera played in Washington for seven seasons before leaving in free agency over the offseason. He remains very much a fan favorite for his play and energy while in Washington and that was evident in the first period. The Capitals played a video tribute to the “Ice Cheetah” which received thunderous applause and a standing ovation from the crowd.

 

A night to remember...and forget: Islanders forward Mathew Barzal accomplished his dream by making his NHL debut on Saturday, but the 19-year-old struggled right out of the gate taking two penalties on his first two shifts. After getting called for slashing Evgeny Kuznetsov, his second penalty was a bit unique. As time expired on his first penalty, the door to the box was opened and Barzal tried to play the puck before he got back onto the ice. By rule, that is a penalty and he was froced to go right back to the box. Barzal then added a third penalty in the third period as he was called for tripping Karl Alzner. This will be a night to remember for Barzal, but it was also the night in which he realized just how hard it is to play in the NHL.

Powerless: The Capitals failed to score on all five of their power play opportunities in the game. They have yet to earn a single goal on the man advantage this season, going 0-for-8 in the process. That’s a troubling sign for a team that has had one of the most prolific power play attacks in the NHL over the past few seasons. Last year, the Caps finished fifth in the NHL scoring on 21.9 percent of their opportunities.

Look ahead: The Caps stay home for their next contest as they host the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. They then head to the Sunshine State for a date with the Florida Panthers Thursday before returning home again.

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