Fresh off of their impressive win against Boston on Saturday, the Islanders traveled to the nation’s capital for a battle with the Washington Capitals. It was a big day DC in a lot of ways. It was Election Day and also the return of their mayor in terms of hockey, Alex Ovechkin. The Great 8 did not disappoint.
The Isles’ continued their stingy defense from Saturday’s 3-1 win at home into the first period of this game. They carried a 1-0 lead into the 2nd period and that seemed to be the last anyone has seen of the Islanders’ defense. The Islanders should be passing flyers around that asks if anyone has seen their defense.
Where did it go? It was non existant for the remainder of this game. Nabokov was under siege and the team was outscored 5-1 from the 2nd period on.
The Washington Capitals, powered by a Joel Ward hat trick, rolled over the Philadelphia Flyers 7-0 in a seemingly effortless performance from the home team. Perhaps the most passion from the Flyers came in a third period line brawl, totaling 114 penalty minutes.
(Photo: Flyers and Capitals brawl in the third period. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Sometimes, coaches get a little more out of certain players than they hope for in certain situations.
For head coach Peter Laviolette, he wanted to neutralize Washington's top scoring tandem of Alex Ovechkin and Mike Ribeiro. By doing so, he put forechecking specialists Sean Couturier and Ruslan Fedotenko out onto the ice.
Laviolette wound up getting more out of Fedotenko in that situation than he had hoped. Fedotenko got himself in the right position, scoring the game-winning goal to seal a comeback win for the Flyers, stealing an important two points in the process.
The Flyers may have turned a corner, finding their comeback identity and pulling off a stunning comeback of the Capitals.
Kimmo Timonen blasted the game-tying goal with nine seconds left in regulation and then set up Ruslan Fedotenko for the game-winner in over time to beat Washington, 5-4. It capped off a one-goal, three-assist night for Timonen, who resurrected his team with two primary assists and a goal in the final 10 minutes of play.
(Pictured: Defenseman Kimmo Timonen is greeted by teammates after scoring the game-tying goal with nine seconds left in regulation. Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
The Flyers look to ride off the momentum of a huge 3-1 win over Boston. But they host a hot Washington team that comes in winning four of its last five games. Both teams are on the outside looking in right now. They will be desperate for these two points.
The Islanders and their fans will need to shake off Thursday's heart breaking loss to the NY Rangers in OT. The two points that a victory would have brought meant so much. The team would have been in an 8th place playoff spot, but that was not to be.
The penalty called against Michael Grabner only 21 seconds into OT put the nail in the coffin for the Isles. The team was so incensed, and the players and coaching staff really let the ice officials know it, in no uncertain terms..well maybe some certain terms...(photo credit:THFANBLOG/flickr)
The Flyers host a hot Washington team looking to rebound from their slow start. Both teams are in need of points as they near the half way mark of the season while resting in the middle of the division.
The 2013 NHL season is no longer an 82 game marathon, but instead is a 48 game dash to the finish line.
Will teams that had multiple players skating in Europe fair better? Will veteran squads win because they will have fresh legs all season long? Only the next few months will tell.
Here are my Eastern Conference power rankings.
1. Pittsburgh Penguins – A healthyEvgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby will lead Pittsburgh deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs. The addition of veteran goalie Tomas Vokoun gives Coach Dan Bylsma a solid option if Marc-Andre Fleury falters.