The Washington Times - January 19, 2009, 05:36PM

Don’t have much time, but here are a few quick tidbits from a sluggish afternoon on the Island:

* The Caps were pretty lousy at times, but the Islanders did offer a spirited effort. Too many offensive zone penalties, and too many infractions in one period should have doomed the Caps, but Jose Theodore and the guys on the PK were solid in the third.


Also, the Caps have Alex Ovechkin and the Islanders don’t. That’s twice he’s won a game in overtime that the Caps didn’t deserve to win in this building this season.

* Ovechkin now leads the NHL with 31 goals. Tomorrow will be the first day of this season that he wakes up and leads the league.

“It happens,” Ovechkin said. “I give a little bit of a chance to different guys.”

* Theodore made 27 saves and now has 200 career wins — only 10 other active goalies have that many.

* Tough day for former Caps d-man Brendan Witt, who was in the box for both of Ovechkin’s goals. That is not his first bad game against the Caps this season.

* If there was a harbinger of how this game would go, it took the Caps nearly five minutes to not only put a shot on net, but attempt one. Eventually they started shooting a lot, and Yann Danis had a nice game for a guy who is now 0-5-1.

* Mike Green has 33 points in 34 games. He’s tied with the Islanders’ Mark Streit for second in the Eastern Conference behind Montreal’s Andrei Markov — and he still leads the NHL in points per game.

* Brooks Laich earned the hard hat with seven shots on net. His line, with Chris Clark and Michael Nylander, was probably the team’s best today at creating chances around the net. Laich appeared to hit his head on the ice with about five minutes to go in regulation and looked pretty woozy on the bench, but Bruce Boudreau just said he hopes Laich is OK for tomorrow against Ottawa.

* This is the fastest team in Caps history to 30 wins, and they have a chance to hit the all-star break with 65 points if they can avoid another letdown tomorrow against bottom-feeding Ottawa.