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The 22-year-old center scored two power-play goals in the third period to lift the Islanders to a 5-2 win over Washington, ending the Capitals' three-game winning streak.
This wasn't the first time the Washington Capitals stared at a first intermission deficit that looked insurmountable. It likely won't be the last. “You start to think after the first period like that, same old song and dance that we’ve been in,” goaltender Braden Holtby said. It was anything but that Tuesday against the Boston Bruins.
With 17 points after Saturday's 3-0 victory at the Winnipeg Jets, they're looking up at most of the Eastern Conference. But they're not far back of the Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes.
"Some nights you didn't even know if he was going to come to the rink," Brouwer said. "It's tough to play alongside guys like those because you don't know what you're gonna get out of them."
Mike Ribeiro knew the situation. So when he had time, space and saw Alex Ovechkin with an open look at the net, he knew exactly where the pass was going.
Mike Ribeiro has been playing the game the right way so far this season, even amid the Washington Capitals' inconsistency. He's far and away the team's leading scorer with 17 points, making the offense go even as consistent production from Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom has been lacking.
After a brief switch back to the left side where he's more comfortable, Ovechkin has played the past five games where Adam Oates knows he belongs, on right wing, and the fruits of that experiment are starting to show.