WASHINGTON – Barry Despite would have been fine if Alex Ovechkin had scored 700 goals as long as his islanders had won the game.
Thanks to & # 39; s trademark defense structure, he didn't have to worry about Ovechkin reaching another milestone.
The islanders defeated the Washington Capitals 5-3 on Monday evening and held Ovechkin at 698 career goals. Nevertheless, the coach who won the Stanley Cup with Ovechkin in 2018 and made the offensive star a better all-round player can relax and follow the story from a distance.
"He'll get 700," said defiance. "I know that he will make it, and I firmly believe that he will break the record (Wayne Gretzky's goal scoring). I wish him the best of luck because we will not play them for the rest of the year. But it was one big win for us. "
Anthony Beauvillier scored twice and Josh Bailey and Brock Nelson each had three assists for New York's 5-1 lead and held on, as opposed to a game against Washington last month in which they had a three goal lead and lost.
"You have to keep your foot on the gas against these guys," Bailey said. "They have a damned good team over there, a bad offense. We stayed with it, got them a few, but I thought it was all in all good to start quickly and get through it."
All eyes were on Ovechkin's attempt to become the eighth member of the NHL's 700-goal club in the last game of a home game. Instead, Washington fell to his knees in the second game in a row and lost central defender Evgeny Kuznetsov due to a scary-looking upper body injury when he was slammed on the boards in the second half.
Trainer Todd Reirden said Kuznetsov will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
Beauvillier scored the first two goals of the game and used the defensive mistakes of the capitals. The goals from Leo Komarov, Devon Toews and Jordan Eberle brought the hook for Washington goalkeeper Ilya Samsonov, who allowed five of 20 strikes but should not be held responsible for four of them.
This was the second game in a row in which the Capitals pulled their starting goalkeeper. Braden Holtby, who scored seven goals in 25 strikes behind a similarly weak defensive performance against Philadelphia on Saturday, stopped all twelve strikes this time, which he was relieved to see.
"The majority of what we give up is from haste, from games that you negate by getting everyone to work again," said Holtby. "We just have to work in all areas again, and that's about it."
Islander Thomas Greiss scored 25 saves to clinch his 16th win of the season. Despite improved in Washington as an Islanders coach to 4-0.
The Capitals lost for the fourth time in their last five home games.
"We obviously fight a little," said T.J. Oshie, who scored a Powerplay goal. "But you know we can learn and grow from many of these mistakes and try to get better and better. Hopefully that will make us a little stronger."
New York won for the fourth time in six games, consolidating its position in a crowded Eastern Conference playoff race. The islanders, who are not known for their offense, scored more than four goals in all of these victories.
"I thought we had done a good job of scoring goals over the past couple of games, including the past one or two months," said Beauvillier. "Everyone is moving in the same direction, achieving goals, and that was huge for us."