News and notes from the Capitals’ 3-1 preseason victory over the New York Islanders Monday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn:
How it happened: Sean Collins scored at even strength, Andre Burakovsky scored on the power play and Karl Alzner scored into an empty net to give the Caps the win in front of goaltenders Philipp Grubauer (13 saves) and Justin Peters (10 saves on 11 shots).
What it means: The Caps improved to 3-0-1 in the exhibition season. They have allowed just five regulation goals in the four games.
Eye on Collins: Very little was made of Sean Collins signing a one-year, two-way contract with the Caps on July 1, but Barry Trotz said the 26-year-old Saskatoon native is doing everything he can to make the big club as a 13th forward. Collins scored off a backhand to give the Caps a 1-0 lead 2:48 into the second period, with Carter Camper and Stan Galiev picking up the assists. Collins finished with three shots and one hit in 14:12 of ice time.
Bura-cuda: Andre Burakovsky scored on the power play to give the Caps a 2-0 with 7:39 gone in the third period. Tom Wilson and Derek Roy picked up the assists. Burakovsky recorded three shots in the win but lost 7 of 9 faceoffs.
Willie effect: Wilson was clearly a target for Islanders forward Eric Boulton, who repeatedly tried to goad Wilson into dropping the gloves. “He kept turning me down. He wasn't interested. He was scared to death,” Boulton told Newsday’s Arthur Staple. Actually, it was Boulton’s charging penalty on Wilson that led to Burakovsky’s power play goal, assisted by Wilson.
This and that: The Islanders won 30 of the game’s 47 draws. Defenseman Dmitry Orlov led the Caps with four shots in 19:21 of ice time. Liam O’Brien led the Caps with 8 hits and dropped the mitts with Scott Mayfield.
What’s next: The Caps will practice on Tuesday at Kettler, followed by a game Wednesday night in Raleigh against the Carolina Hurricanes. They wrap up their preseason with home games against the Boston Bruins on Friday at 7 p.m. and the Islanders on Sunday at 5 p.m.