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Tavares vents after Caps dominate Isles in Ovi’s return

Nov 5, 2013, 10:34 PM EDT

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Movember ‘stache or not, Alex Ovechkin looked like himself on Tuesday … which was bad news for the New York Islanders.

The Capitals absolutely dominated in the second period of Tuesday’s game, turning a 1-0 Islanders lead into a 5-1 Caps margin thanks in part to Washington’s ferocious power play. The Caps collected three goals on the man advantage in that span – two of which came from Ovechkin – and then Tom Wilson capped it all with a 6-1 PP goal in the third period.

It was obviously a tough night for the Islanders, and John Tavares wasn’t happy after factoring into both Isles goals (one goal, one assist). He vented to New York Newsday’s Arthur Staple after the game.

“It should be embarrassing,” Tavares said. “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.”

(Nicklas Backstrom – aka “19” to Ovechkin’s “8” – had three assists of his own.)

Evgeni Nabokov echoed Tavares’ thoughts, saying “the consistency is not there, the discipline is not there.”

The Islanders remain at . 500 (6-6-3), essentially in the same place they were before the Thomas Vanek trade. The Capitals aren’t that far ahead with an 8-7-0 record, although they’re on a three-game winning streak and have scored 16 goals (OK, 15 if you discount the shootout) in the last three contests.

Could Isles GM Garth Snow get itchy to make a move again?

  1. mattymarts17 - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    The defense is terrible and Nabby didn’t have it tonight. I’m surprised Cappy didn’t go with Poulin after that 2nd period rush. We need a big defensive defenseman that moves guys away from the front of the net. Granted today’s goals didn’t show that. I know Lubo is injured but even when he’s out there he doesn’t fill the hole we have he just thankfully takes Carkner off the ice.

    • kaptaanamerica - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      Wouldn’t Cory Schneider have looked good in an islanders uniform? I’m sure Garth could’ve given up more than just a first rounder for him… It’s criminal or incompetence that the islanders weren’t in on Schneider….

      • pftfan - Nov 6, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        How much of this is hindsight though? The Isles are currently rotating 6 defensemen, 3 of whom are organizational depth for 29 other NHL teams (Carkner and Hickey are AHL lifers and Martinek was sitting on his couch 2 weeks ago!).

        If you’re going to crap on Snow for anything, its for not shoring up the team’s defense corps, which is woefully inept. How many NHL teams would boast Andrew MacDonald as a top pairing defenseman?

        Schneider would stand no chance in front of this defense, and we’d probably all be sitting here crying about how Snow gave up a first, second, and third rounder for a .500 goalie.

      • mattymarts17 - Nov 6, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        I think Schneider or Luongo would of fit this team very well. It seemed as if the Canucks were moving Schneider specifically for Horvat. I also thought our biggest offseason moves would of been defense and goaltending. Clutterbuck is a good player, however I would of rather seen Nino moved in a larger package for defense or a goalie. I wouldn’t call Hickey an AHL lifer the guys put together some solid games. Carkner is a goon through and through and I HATED the pairing of him and Donovan. (Talk about stunting a guys development). Martinek wasn’t on the couch he actually was practicing with the islanders as if he was on the team from the beginning of the season. My question is where is Ness and de Hann?!

  2. tjvalley - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Nabby def didn’t have it and yes we do need better defense. Sad game. We should be better.

  3. barkar942 - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Hey Islanders- Brodeur says he is available to everyone except the Rangers.

    • mattymarts17 - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:58 PM

      Brodeur is not my #1 choice haha I’d prefer a Miller or Hiller at this time. Ideally, for me Jake Allen would be my dream acquisition.

  4. ithacamike - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Phew…after that 2nd period, I expected Nabokov to pull an Emery and give Holtby a beatdown during the 3rd

  5. blackfoot11 - Nov 6, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Solid play by the Caps last night. The new line combos and are coming together nicely and Holtby and the D was solid again. Tavares and Okposo are great young players that make this Isles team go. Like watching them play. From the 2nd Period on, the defense in front of Nabokov was a huge issue, and they were one step behind the Caps. Go Caps!

  6. byteart17 - Nov 6, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Seeing you write that the score went from 1-0 to 5-1 makes me question whether you even watched the game or are just pulling from someone else’s work. It was 2-2 at one point, No reason to read past the first paragraph. Get your facts straight before you pretend to be a “reporter”

  7. cspsrbums - Nov 6, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    @byteart17 he is referring to the 1-0 lead the islanders had. That was there only lead. Then they were trying to play catch up. I wouldn’t put your foot in your mouth till you get your facts straight

    • dschrode2013 - Nov 6, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      Actually, I have to agree with byteart17, in the fact that the piece could have been written better. After reading the body of the story and having not watched the game, I initially didn’t understand how a dominant second period by the Capitals wound up “turning a 1-0 Islanders lead into a 5-1 Caps margin”. This led me to believe that the score went from 1-0 Isles to 5-1 Caps. He then goes on to say that “Tom Wilson capped it all with a 6-1 PP goal”. This could make one believe the final score was 6-1 Caps, making his next paragraph on Tavares also confusing trying to figure out how he could have factored in both Isles goals if the score was “capped” at 6-1.
      What would have made it all much clearer would have been to say that after an Isles 1-0 lead, the Caps outscored the Isles 6-1 thereafter.

  8. obnoxiousDCfan - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Last night was easily the best performance all around by the Caps this season. They played a good, complete hockey game. The lines looked good and Holtby was in the zone. If last night was any glimpse, they will have a great season. Number one in the league in PP and PK. They just need to cut out those every once in a while games when they look collectively hung-over. Tom Wilson looked great too. I hope last night sealed his permanent status with the team. He’s young, big and getting better every game, and not afraid to go toe to toe with anybody. The Caps need a guy like him to make other teams second guess their “toughness”. Something they’ve been missing since the days of Hunter.

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