So the Caps have now won four straight and six of seven. They prevailed thanks to a dramatic tally from Alex Ovechkin. Party in the dressing room? Think again — it was pretty subdued in there and righfully so.
The Caps did not play well for more than short bursts, and let a reeling Islanders team that is overmatched against Washington in the first place hang around and rally to steal a point.
“It was an ugly win,” Caps forward Boyd Gordon said. “We let up for a bit and they worked hard and came back on us. I think we were fortunate to get two points to be honest.”
Some notes in the aftermath:
*Alex Ovechkin scored his sixth career overtime goal, which is a team record. But everyone should remember that Ovechkin playing his entire career in the 4-on-4 Overtime Era has something to do with that. Peter Bondra had five overtime goals with the Caps — think he might had a few more with the open ice?
*Ovechkin is now tied for third in the NHL with 19 goals, the same number as Phil Kessel. Does he catch Thomas Vanek and Jeff Carter before the all-streak break?
*Boudreau said he did not rip the team after the game — but he did let into them before it was over. He also said everyone will be practicing tomorrow at 11 a.m. — with an emphasis on the everyone.
“We got lucky,” Boudreau said. “You never [complain] about a win but it sure doesn’t do anything for the coach there.”
*Matt Bradley made sure the Islanders remembered that Tim Jackman’s rough stuff with Ovechkin in the previous meeting wasn’t going to slide by, but Jackman also probably got the best of him in the fight.
*Boudreau said Milan Jurcina was the team’s best defenseman tonight. He and Karl Alzner have made quite a nice third pairing — keeping them together as the team gets healthy is going to be tricky.
*I can’t remember the last game Nicklas Backstrom played in that he didn’t make three or four perfect passes that could/did become goals and make three or four guys miss with some nifty skating/stickhandling. Some people will say his level of play comes from playing with No. 8 — it doesn’t.
*Joey MacDonald was the third star of the month in November with nine wins, but the Islanders are counting down the days until Rick DiPietro comes back. MacDonald was on his way to an early shower tonight, but the Caps didn’t bury him like they could have.
*Boudreau also praised the work of Gordon, David Steckel and Donald Brashear.
*Jon Sim has 58 career goals — 12 are against the Caps — and that number is five more than against any other team.
*Want an indication that the home team in this building isn’t very good? At Verizon Center, when the Caps score SIX goals, the crowd goes home with free food. At Nassau County Coliseum, all the home team needs is THREE. I mean, seriously?