- 4:41 WAS Evgeny Kuznetsov; Assists: Justin Williams, Brooks Orpik
- 2:41 NYI Alan Quine; Assists: Calvin de Haan, Andrew Ladd
- 6:31 NYI Ryan Strome; Assists: Brock Nelson, Anthony Beauvillier
- 18:52 NYI Johnny Boychuk; Assists: John Tavares, Casey Cizikas
- 19:13 WAS Alex Ovechkin; Assists: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom
Ryan Strome and Johnny Boychuk scored in the third period, Thomas Greiss made 28 saves and the New York Islanders beat the league-leading Washington Capitals 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Strome got his first goal since Dec. 31 to put New York up 2-1 6:31 into the period. Anthony Beauvillier stole the puck behind the Capitals net and passed it to Brock Nelson. The Islanders forward sent a quick pass to Strome, and he tapped it past goalie Philipp Grubauer.
Boychuk scored into an empty net with 1:08 left, and Alan Quine also scored for New York. The Islanders are 5-0-1 under interim coach Doug Weight since firing longtime boss Jack Capuano. >> Read more from SNY...
Another game, another offensive opportunity created by Andrew Ladd. With the Isles trailing 1-0, Ladd ripped a wicked wrister off the crossbar, and Alan Quine hammered it home to pull New York even. Ladd has. even a different player the past handful of games, and if he can keep this up, it's going to make all the difference for this team. With a productive Ladd, it gives the team scoring depth they just didn't have earlier this season, and it has to make the franchise feel that maybe that contract won't be the albatross it looked like during the season's early going. Stay hot, Laddy Daddy!
Speaking of offensive depth, Strome's goal was his first in 12 games, and boy, did he make it count. The set up from Brock Nelson was a thing of beauty, as he took a pass from Anthony Beauvillier from behind the net, pulled it from his backhand to his forehand, and threaded to needle to Strome between two Washington defensemen. This line is really clicking, and it seems Doug Weight may have found a combination that has unlocked Strome and Brock's potential. Let's hope they can keep it up.
And let's not leave out love for Thomas Greiss, who was fantastic in net again, fresh off signing his three-year extension. It's really insane to think that Greiss was ever the back up this year. He seems to just get steadier every single game, and for these resurgent Islanders, it couldn't come at a better time.