With the Olympic break right around the corner, the New York Islanders have three big games before they get to take time off and get ready for the final stretch of the season. Going into Tuesday’s game against the Washington Capitals, the Islanders had only won one out of their past four divisional games. To see the playoffs, the Isles would have to start obtaining wins in divisional games.
The first 40 minutes of Tuesday’s game proved to be a battle. The Islanders had lost their previous two meetings with the Capitals and Washington has been struggling with only winning four games in all of January. After 46 minutes of play, the puck would finally find the back of the net, and become the only score of the night.
Brock Nelson would settle the puck in the right corner, quickly passing to Andrew MacDonald at the blue line. With a screen from Colin McDonald, A-Mac would wind up and let the pick fly past Colin, two defenders and the Capitals netminder Michal Neuvirth for what would end up being the game winning goal.
Evgeni Nabokov recorded his second save of the season stopping all 22 Capitals attempts. The Islanders were also perfect on the penalty kill, killing all seven penalties, one of them coming in the last three minutes of play.
After obtaining another divisional win the Islanders will head home to face the Calgary Flames tonight at the Nassau Coliseum. Puck will drop at 7:00 p.m. EST.