Capitals Rally To Beat Islanders, 4-3 (OT) – NoVa Caps

The Washington Capitals rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the second period to down the New York Islanders, 4-3 (OT), Monday night at UBS Arena in Belmont Park, New York. The victory improves the Capitals record to 24-16-6 (54 points) on the season.
Darcy Kuemper (12-11-0-4, 2.54 GAA, .918 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Capitals. Ilya Sorokin (15-14-0-2, 2.25 GAA, .927 sv%) got the start in goal for the Islanders. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:
Alex Ovechkin — Dylan Strome — Connor Sheary
Anthony Mantha — Evgeny Kuznetsov — T.J. Oshie
Sonny Milano — Nicklas Backstrom — Tom Wilson
Marcus Johansson — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway
Erik Gustafsson — Trevor van Riemsdyk
Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen
Matt Irwin — Martin Fehervary
Darcy Kuemper
Charlie Lindgren
Extras: Lars Eller, Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Alex Alexeyev
It took the Islanders all of 4:36 to dent the twine early in the first frame. Sebastian Aho (4) fired the game’s first salvo from the left point at 4:24. Josh Bailey (12) and Noah Dobson (17) had the helpers.
Sebastian Aho gives the #Isles an early 1-0 lead pic.twitter.com/OiDzvEQt5y
— Up The Turnpike (@UpTheTurnpike) January 17, 2023
Capitals center Nic Dowd took a hit in the early going, and would leave the game. He came back for a twirl, minutes later, but went right back down the tunnel.
The Islanders made it 2-0 midway through the first frame on a goal from Matt Martin (4) at 13:19 of the first period. Cal Clutterbuck (4) and Alexander Romanov (4) had the assists.
MATT MARTIN GOAL ALERT! pic.twitter.com/ts1HxTpPRz
— Rob Taub (@RTaub_) January 17, 2023
That would be it for the opening period. The Islanders led in 5v5 shot attempts 15-13 in the first period.

The Islanders made it 3-0 early in the middle frame. Hudson Fasching (3) notched the Islanders third marker at 3:51 of the period. Jean-Gabriel Pageau (16) and Anthony Beauvillier (9) had the assists.
Hudson Fasching makes it 3-0!
(via @RTaub_)pic.twitter.com/JKeYyU382N
— Islanders Videos (@SNY_Islanders) January 17, 2023
Alex Ovechkin lowered the boom on Jean-Gabriel Pageau early in the period. The hit would prove to be a momentum-builder for the Capitals.
#ALLCAPS great hit from Ovechkin on Pageau pic.twitter.com/VBsb4uj8PR
— Capitals Replays (@capsreplays) January 17, 2023
The referees reviewed the play and the hit was deemed legal. Pageau would leave the game but return in the third period.
The Capitals finally got on the scoreboard moments later with a goal from Garnet Hathaway (7) at 10:01, making it 3-1. Alex Ovechkin (20) and Marcus Johansson (11) had the helpers.
Garnet Hathaway lays out to poke home the loose puck, Capitals within 2!#ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/b53ynpZEKD
— Hockey Daily 365 l NHL Highlights (@HockeyDaily365) January 17, 2023
Hathaway has recorded six points (3g, 3a) in his last nine games and scored Washington’s first goal of the game in two of their last three contests.
The Capitals quickly cut the Islanders lead to one on Tom Wilson’s first goal of the season. Nicklas Backstrom (2) and Dmitry Orlov (11) had the assists.
Tom Wilson fires home the lovely setup from Nicklas Backstrom for his first goal of the year!#ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/EP5QWgIVs0
— Hockey Daily 365 l NHL Highlights (@HockeyDaily365) January 17, 2023
That would be it for the middle frame, with the Islanders leading 3-2. The Capitals grabbed control of possession following the hit by Ovechkin, leading in shot attempts, 20-13.

The Capitals tied the game early in the final frame with a tally from T.J. Oshie (9) at 5:54 of the third period. Erik Gustafsson (15) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (31) had the assists.
#ALLCAPS 3-3. OSHIE TIES IT UP pic.twitter.com/09pvHPfQqw
— Capitals Replays (@capsreplays) January 17, 2023
That would be it for regulation, with the game tied 3-3.
The Capitals won it in overtime. Dmitry Orlov had the honors of completing the Capitals hard-fought comeback. Orlov would use finesse, rather than a blast from the point, to drop the hammer on the Islanders.
ORLOV COMPLETES THE COMEBACK FOR THE CAPS 🚨🔥 pic.twitter.com/4dKqY1njm9
— B/R Open Ice (@BR_OpenIce) January 17, 2023
The Capitals have a record of 8-1-0 in their last nine road games, dating back to to Dec. 5.
Darcy Kuemper stopped 27 of 30 shots faced, including all 13 shots faced in the third period and overtime. Kuemper has a record of 8-2-3 in his last 13 starts.
The Capitals, who trailed 3-2 entering the third period, have now won four games this season in which they trailed after two periods. That’s tied the for the third-most wins when trailing after two periods in the NHL this season.
The Capitals overcame a 3-0 deficit to beat the Islanders, marking their largest comeback win of the season. The last time Washington overcame a three-goal deficit to win a game was Jan. 28, 2021, also vs. the Islanders.
The Capitals are back in action tomorrow (Tuesday) night when they host the Minnesota Wild at Capital One Arena. Puck drop is set for 7PM.
Maybe the first game I have really enjoyed this year. Great comeback but finally playing with some fire and toughness.
That was a great game to watch as a fan. Right from the Ovi hit it was #ALLCAPS
Ovi hit turned the game on its ears.
Comeback wins have been few and far between this season. But it happened tonight. Orlov lived up to his last name and flew like an eagle.
"I just tried to make a move and it worked well. We win a huge game. We need these two points against a divisional opponent."
Dmitry Orlov after netting his second overtime winner of the season.#CapsIsles pic.twitter.com/eVlaSvhLOg
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 17, 2023

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