The New York Islanders got picked apart by the Washington Capitals last night, dropping a 6-2 decision on the road. Not surprisingly, the Caps did most of their damage on the power play. In other not surprising news, captain John Tavares was not very pleased with the effort and lack of discipline that his team showed in the contest.
Tavares: “It should be embarrassing. Just don’t know why we can’t stick with it. You give 8 and 19 those easy plays, it’ll be a long night.”
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) November 6, 2013
“8”, of course, is Alex Ovechkin. Who happened to score not one, but two power-play goals in his first game back after missing the last two contests with an upper-body injury. That means that he’s only trailing Alex Steen of the St. Louis Blues by one goal on the season for the league lead (weird).
Meanwhile, the Islanders have gone 2-2 since the big shakeup that brought Thomas Vanek to town. That .500 pace is right where they were at with Matt Moulson in the lineup, so it’s an aggravating situation from the general manager’s box all the way down to the guys skating on the doughnut line at practice.
It’s tough to pile any blame on the play of Tavares though.
He has four points in his last four games and appears has been one of the best players on the team on a nightly basis this season. New York has contests against the ailing Carolina Hurricanes and the so-so Columbus Blue Jackets before taking on the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday, so the team has an immediate chance to right the ship this week.