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Third-period penalties burn Capitals against Islanders

Mar 9, 2013, 5:58 PM EDT

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Mike Ribeiro can be a polarizing figure and he proved that again Saturday.

Ribeiro, the Washington Capitals center, was called for high-sticking New York Islanders forward John Tavares then slammed with an unsportsmanlike conduct minor for complaining about the first call in the third period.

Tavares scored late in the ensuing second power play to give the Islanders a 3-2 lead and then added another goal on another man-advantage 30 seconds later to up the lead to a pair of goals.

The final score ended 5-2 for the Islanders.

“Mike knows better than that,” Capitals head coach Adam Oates told  “I’m sure he feels bad about it.”

Jeff Schultz was also dinged for a high-sticking double-minor just 22 seconds after Tavares gave the Islanders the lead in the third period.

“The penalties in the third period were deflating for us,” Capitals right winger Troy Brouwer told the Associated Press.

“We fought back to tie it and then to have two four-minute penalties against us was tough.”

Tavares is now up to 16 goals and 29 points on the season. He experienced a three-game skid without a point at the end of February into the start of March.

Since March 5, he now has four points in his last three games.


  1. bcisleman - Mar 9, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Do you REALLY need to take your cue from Adam Oates? The Isles won 5-2 and outshot the Caps nearly 2-1. They WON the game no matter what Oates says. Even after those penalties, the Isles still had to score. Don’t believe the Caps just laid down and let them do it.

  2. source7769 - Mar 9, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Isles are alot better than they get credit for they have plenty of talent on the team they need to get a few strong vets to mesh with these kids and preferably a backup goalie to keep nabby fresh

  3. watermelon1 - Mar 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Isleman… We understand you’re a fan of the team, but try not to be blinded.

    Would the islanders have won if the 3rd period was even strength? Maybe. But the fact is this is just one of many times this season where the caps had multiple penalties that were also pretty avoidable penalties in the third period.

    They might not have won anyway, but they definitely helped NYI as much as they could.

    With all that said… If the team has had the previous day off in a shortened season, then IM STARTING MY NUMBER 1 GOALIE!

    Playing stupid games with the goaltender position is what got Oates and the Caps off to such a horrible start to the season in the first place! Now they started playing better and he pulls this kind of nonsense.

    • bcisleman - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      Not blinded at all. I understand a coach saying his team made mistakes and that it hurt them. But when the other team beats you 5-2 and outshoots you nearly 2-1, saying they didn’t earn it is just poor sportsmanship. That’s OK. Isles play his guys 2 more times and he’s just given them PLENTY of added motivation. As to the goalie, he stopped 40 shots. Don’t think you can pin it on him.

      • rg3isvictory - Mar 10, 2013 at 1:09 AM

        You want to be butt hurt, so you are butt hurt!!!

  4. ravenscaps48 - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Could anybody please explain why Ovechkin is still on the point during PP’s? And why Jeff Schultz is still on this team?

  5. shortsxit34 - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:11 PM


    What exactly are you taking issue with? Of course if they have to kill two double minors in the third, the shots are going to be skewed. Of course if they give up two PP goals on those penalty kills, they’re going to have to come from behind.

    I’m not sure what he said that you find offensive, but your points tie into what he said, not discredit them.

    • bcisleman - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      Isles were outshooting Caps handily BEFORE the penalties. My points tie into nothing he said. I have no issue with him dressing down his team for their mistakes. When he says that the Isles did not earn their two points, its just poor sportsmanship.

  6. multiplemiggs - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Oates started the third string today bc Neivuerth or however u spell it has the flu. The caps are playing the Rangers tm and he rested Holtby for that game. Plus Holtby has a ton of experiance against the NYR and figures to be the better matchup for him. You cant blame a coach for not wanting to start a goaltender back to back days

  7. multiplemiggs - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    the Islanders were outshooting the Caps nearly 2-1 even before the two double minors. I was at the game, the Isles were by far the dominant team. The article however doesnt point that out and neither does Oates. Instead they sound more settled with the fact that the loss came bc of the two double minors and not bc the Islanders were all over them even handedly. I think thats why hes upset with Oates.

    • bcisleman - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:49 PM

      In the NHL.COM article, Oates said the Isles didn’t earn their two points.

  8. vbcaps - Mar 9, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    I didn’t like OVIE’s turn overs. One or two resulted in goals..

    back to back double minors doesnt help

    I liked the puck movement on Backstroms goal to tie it early in the third

  9. shortsxit34 - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    I’m no Caps or Islanders fan, so I have no dog in this race. But somehow taking offence to this comment is just stupid.

    The Caps were being outshot 31-22, (9 shots at the time, not double), and were down by one goal. They played virtually the rest of the game shorthanded, giving up two PP goals during that period. Without those penalties we have a one goal game and the Caps have an extra skater for eight minutes.

    Thinking that those penalties in no way affected the game is ridiculous. Being offended that Oates thinks the penalties affected the game and using it as “billboard material” is just amazing.

    • bcisleman - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      Read the NHL.COM article. He said the Isles didn’t earn their two points. I find your comments “amazing”.

  10. shortsxit34 - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Actually, looking back, it was a tie game at the time, not a one goal game. Even worse…

  11. govtminion - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Very odd game. Not sure what to make of the Caps at this point- a tough come-from-behind OT game against Boston, a ridiculous goal-fest against Florida, and then… eh today. Hard to gauge this team right now.

    Isles looked solid though- Tavares really has developed into the player that the Isles hoped he’d turn into, hasn’t he?

    • bcisleman - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      My hunch is that what you are seeing now from JT is just the tip of the iceberg and his partnership w/ Matty is beyond anything seen on the Island at least since Trots and Boss. I wonder whether Kassian could have been another Jethro on the top line if Garth had drafted him instead of Calvin. Never know.

      • govtminion - Mar 10, 2013 at 12:35 AM

        Makes me wonder whether it was a good idea letting Parenteau leave- he’s having a hell of a year in Colorado (to this old Avs fans approval!), but those points sure would have been handy for the Isles a few times this year.

  12. capsfan19 - Mar 10, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Ha islanders handedly winning this game is funny.
    Im not going to say the caps were going to win but after backstroms goal momentum did change.
    Those double minors change the outlook of this game entirely and the sole reason why isles won in that fashion. Without the double minors maybe they couldve won 3-2.

  13. multiplemiggs - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    I know everything.. your wrong.

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