Capital Punishment: Islanders Squander Chances, Lose in Shoot-OutNovember 12, 2009
After an eleven-round shootout in which the Islanders had eight chances to bury the Capitals, Washington’s Chris Clark scored the decisive goal and handed the Islanders their third shootout loss of the season. With both teams coming off season highs in goals, you had a feeling this one would entertain.
The Capitals wasted no time getting the party started as Alexander Semin rocketed a scorcher passed Roloson just 8 seconds into the game. The Islanders rebounded nicely, tieing the game up less than one minute later on a Matt Moulson team-leading 8th goal of the season. The Islanders would then score two more goals in the period, resulting in Washington goalie Jose Theodore getting the hook and replaced by Semyon Varlamov.
But the Capitals answered right back, with three straight goals of their own.
Tomas Fleischmann notched a power-play goal at 13:42 to allow the Capitals to escape the first period with only a one-goal deficit and Semin also cashed in with the man-advantage to tie the game 3-3 with his second goal of the night at 5:35 of the second.
Eric Fehr provided the go-ahead goal with a backhanded, no-look shot at the net from the bottom of the left circle that deflected off defenseman Jack Hillen’s skate to beat Roloson for a 4-3 lead at 16:46.
Trent Hunter, in his first game back since suffering a chest injury against Ottawa on October 8, tied the game with his slap shot power-play goal at 17:52 that sent the game into overtime and allowed the Islanders to begin their seven-game road trip with a point.
The Islanders resume play Friday in Carolina against the struggling Hurricanes.