The Capitals visited the Consol Energy Center Thursday evening struggling to get any momentum going this season. They did nothing to buck that trend.
The Caps came out of the gates strong. Mike Ribeiro continued his hot streak, scoring his fourth goal of the season in a sequence that saw Marc-Andre Fleury dramatically fall to the ice, losing his helmet in the process. The first period ended 1-0 in favor of the Caps.
With a 1-1 score at the start of the third period, the Caps scored twice on the visiting Flyers and managed to hang on to it for the first time in three games, with the final score 3-2 in the home team's favor.
The win took the Caps from 15th in the East to 13th. Although it's not a huge leap, not being last anymore is just fine.
This game, a home game against a rivalry team after two come-from-ahead losses was a must-win game early in the season. The Flyers had been struggling similarly in the first weeks of the new season.
Spots that were problematic for the Caps started to look a lot better.
So let's talk about the ending. The Caps just lost 3-2 after leading 2-1 coming into the third period.
It's great that Alex Ovechkin scored again on the power play and for our own selfish purposes, it's fantastic that Joel Ward scored again. Wardwatch lives another day and we're all the better for it, every one of us.
It's great that the Caps were better on the penalty kill. They killed off all but one of eight penalties that all came in the first two periods.
But that third period.
That was bad.
It wouldn't have been so bad had the Caps not lost the previous game by the same score by giving up two goals in the third period.
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The Washington Capitals captain scored twice and lead by example on the road as his Capitals held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Monday night at Joe Louis Arena.
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I have said that I believe it would be better for the Islanders to finish between 10th and 12th place in the Eastern Conference as opposed to going the 'Fail for Nail' route and trying to get a top-five lottery pick for this summer's 2012 Entry Draft. But if the season ended today, the Isles would go into the lottery with the fifth pick in the draft. Although that is the least likely position to be in when hoping to move up to number one, the Islanders are almost guaranteed to at least have a selection in this year's top 10 class.
With the playoff picture painting itself out on a permanent canvas over the next two weeks, let's put ourselves in the shoes of some NHL scouts and take a quick glance at what the Islanders will be looking at in between game 82 and draft day.
Nail Yakupov is the clear choice for first overall, having a lot of Alexander Ovechkin comparisons made about his play. After Nail comes Mikhail Grigorenko, who has often been compared to Evgeni Malkin. Both of these Russian prospects will probably be out of the Islanders grasp barring a significant change on the day of the lottery. After these two goal-scoring forwards lie plenty of top-rated defenseman.